Giant magneto-impedance and stress-impedance effects of microwire composites for sensing applications

F. X. Qin*, H. X. Peng, V. V. Popov, M. H. Phan

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Composites consisting of glass-coated amorphous microwire Co(68.59)Fe(4.84)Si(12.41)B(14.16) and 913 E-glass prepregs were designed and fabricated. The influences of tensile stress, annealing and number of composite layers on the giant magneto-impedance (GMI) and giant stress-impedance (GSI) effects in these composites were investigated systematically. It was found that the application of tensile stress along the microwire axis or an increase in the number of composite layers reduced the GMI effect and increased the circular anisotropy field, while the annealing treatment had a reverse effect. The value of matrix-wire interfacial stress calculated via the GMI profiles coincided with the value of the applied effective tensile stress to yield similar GMI profiles. Enhancement of the GSI effect was achieved in the composites relative to their single microwire inclusion. These findings are important for the development of functional microwire-based composites for magnetic- and stress-sensing applications. They also open up a new route for probing the interfacial stress in fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-296
Number of pages4
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • Giant magneto-impedance
  • Giant stress-impedance
  • Microwire composites
  • GMI


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