#Semiconductor sensors combining nanotubes with micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) could track the strain on bridges and alert repair crews before problems arise, according to Rice University. Look for nanotube MEMS sensors to be massively deployed in the construction of new buildings and bridges as well as for the detection of structural cracks in aircraft and other vehicles. R.C.J.
MEMS sensors made using carbon nanotubes that are capable of detecting displacement, impact, stress, and strain in materials have been patented by Rice University. The university claims that its patented sensors can detect stress and strain in a wide variety of applications including buildings, bridges, dams and other stationary structures as well as vehicles like automobiles, airplanes and spacecraft.
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