In the present study, silicone rubber reinforced with ketjenblack and barium titanate were fabricated using high temperature compression molding method. These particulate composites are characterized for piezoresistive sensitivity. Ketjenblack and barium titanate are the conducting and dielectric fillers in the high temperature vulcanized silicone rubber matrix. The effects of ketjenblack and barium titanate fillers, filler loading, amount of curing agent, curing temperature and mixing time on the piezoresistive properties of these composites were investigated. The piezoresistive sensitivity recorded maximum values of 3.7(10-3) (kPa)-1 for dielectric and dielectric-conductive composites. The linear variation of normalized resistance change was observed for change in pressure up to 20 kPa. The dielectric composite sensitivity increases with reduction in dielectric filler and curing agent loadings, increasing with mixing time and curing temperature. The piezoresistive sensitivity for dielectricconductive composites depends on ketjenblack and barium titanate filler loading. These composites demonstrate interaction effects among the factors.
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