3D Printing a piezoelectric sensor in one go!

Before she finished her PhD and left the Laboratory for Multiscale Mechanics at Polytechnique Montréal, Sampada Bodkhe invented a way to 3D print piezoelectric sensors in one step: she coextrudes the active sensor and the electrodes together in one go, without the need for a subsequent poling or treatment step. Just print your sensor and its ready to use!
You can read a popularized account of her work on Advanced Science News. FYI, we applied for a patent with Gestion Univalor.

Single Step 3D Printing of Piezoelectric Sensors

Publication in JFS on the added damping on hydraulic turbines

Hydraulic turbines are subjected to various sources of excitation. How are their vibrations damped? It is the added damping due to the water flow on the turbine blades which reduces the vibration amplitude. The paper by Jean-Philippe Gauthier who works in collaboration with Hydro Quebec was just accepted in the Journal of Fluids and Structures. The preprint is available here.

Vibration mode of turbine blades.

New publication on the reconfiguration of rods

Trees bend and twist when subjected to wind. This deformation, or reconfiguration, allows the tree to reduce its drag. In our paper published in the Journal of Fluids and Structures we investigate how torsional and bending deformations play different roles in reconfiguration. We investigate this through a combination of wind tunnel experiments on flexible reinforced foam rods and a theoretical Kirchhoff rod model.


Kirchhoff rod bending and twisting with large amplitude under fluid flow


Instability-Assisted Microfabrication

Our paper on the developpement of an instability-assisted microfabrication technique base on the liquid rope coiling instability was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.

Back cover of june 24th 2015 issue of Advanced Materials. It features the work of Passieux et al.

Back cover of june 24th 2015 issue of Advanced Materials.

In the figure above, featured on the back cover of Advanced Materials, a 30 μm diameter thread of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) dissolved in dichloromethane is deposited on top of the eye of a sewing needle. The deposition robot traces a straight line; the helical shape of the thread is due to the liquid rope coiling instability. This instability is used to fabricate microstructured fibers with tailored mechanical.

Preprint available here: Passieux2015-InstabilityAssistedDirectWrite-AdvMat




Publication in PRE on the buckling phenomenon of a beam extruded in a viscous fluid


Our work on the extrusion of a beam in a viscous fluid was published in Physical Review E. This project was inspired by the emergency swimming gait of unicellular Paramecium which expels Trichocysts to propel itself away from danger.

Time-lapse photography of a piano wire extruded at constant velocity in corn syrup.

Time-lapse photography of a piano wire extruded at constant velocity in corn syrup.