This study investigates the influence of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) coated glass fabrics on the strain sensing and the mechanical characteristics of fiber-reinforced composites. Graphene oxide was applied in two thicknesses (threefold and fivefold coatings) onto a fabric using a padder mangle machine followed by thermal reduction and infused with an epoxy to manufacture rGO-enhanced composite. The tensile modulus and flexural strength of the rGO-enhanced composites with threefold coating were improved by 27% and 6.2%, respectively, compared with the equivalent composite manufactured without rGO. The normalized resistance (ΔR/R0) of composites increased by 0.89% and 3.48% under a cyclic tensile force of 1000 and 4000 N. The magnitude of ΔR/R0 was stable within 30 cycles suggesting a consistent strain sensing performance with a gauge factor of 15.55. The electrical response of the rGO-enhanced composite was evaluated using a new industrial standard for sensors, by assessing calibration curves. The composite showed low hysteresis and low electrical viscosity which make these materials suitable for industrial piezoresistive strain sensors.
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