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Design of a Chipless RFID Tag to Monitor the Performance of Organic Coatings on Architectural Cladding

Tim Savill Orcid Logo, Eifion Jewell Orcid Logo

Sensors, Volume: 22, Issue: 9, Start page: 3312

Swansea University Authors: Tim Savill Orcid Logo, Eifion Jewell Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/s22093312

Abstract

Coating degradation is a critical issue when steel surfaces are subject to weathering. This paper presents a chipless, passive antenna tag, which can be applied onto organically coated steel. Simulations indicated that changes associated with organic coating degradation, such as the formation of def...

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Published in: Sensors
ISSN: 1424-8220
Published: MDPI AG 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa59911
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Abstract: Coating degradation is a critical issue when steel surfaces are subject to weathering. This paper presents a chipless, passive antenna tag, which can be applied onto organically coated steel. Simulations indicated that changes associated with organic coating degradation, such as the formation of defects and electrolyte uptake, produced changes in the backscattered radar cross section tag response. This may be used to determine the condition of the organic coating. Simulating multiple aging effects simultaneously produced a linear reduction in tag resonant frequency, suggesting coating monitoring and lifetime estimation may be possible via this method. For coatings thinner than calculations would suggest to be optimum, it was found that the simulated response could be improved by the use of a thin substrate between the coated sample and the antenna without vastly affecting results. Experimental results showed that changes to the dielectric properties of the coating through both the uptake of water and chemical degradation were detected through changes in the resonant frequency.
Keywords: chipless RFID; corrosion; organic coating; degradation; sensors
College: College of Engineering
Funders: The authors would like to acknowledge the M2A funding from the European Social Fund via the Welsh Government (c80816), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (through UKRI) (Grant Ref: EP/L015099/1) and Tata Steel Colors that has made this research possible.
Issue: 9
Start Page: 3312