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Performance improvement of IPMC flow sensors with a biologically-inspired cupula structure
Author(s): Hong Lei; Montassar Aidi Sharif; Derek A. Paley; Matthew J. McHenry; Xiaobo Tan
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Paper Abstract

Ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) have inherent underwater sensing and actuation properties. They can be used as sensors to collect flow information. Inspired by the hair-cell mediated receptor in the lateral line system of fish, the impact of a flexible, cupula-like structure on the performance of IPMC flow sensors is experimentally explored. The fabrication method to create a silicone-capped IPMC sensor is reported. Experiments are conducted to compare the sensing performance of the IPMC flow sensor before and after the PDMS coating under the periodic flow stimulus generated by a dipole source in still water and the laminar flow stimulus generated in a flow tank. Experimental results show that the performance of IPMC flow sensors is significantly improved under the stimulus of both periodic flow and laminar flow by the proposed silicone-capping.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9798, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016, 979827 (18 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219574
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Hong Lei, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Montassar Aidi Sharif, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Derek A. Paley, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
Matthew J. McHenry, Univ. of California, Irvine (United States)
Xiaobo Tan, Michigan State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9798:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Frédéric Vidal, Editor(s)

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