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Dual sensing and actuation of ultrathin conducting polymer transducers (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Ngoc Tan Nguyen; Cédric Plesse; Frédéric Vidal; Sebastien Grondel; Eric Cattan; John D. W. Madden
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Paper Abstract

Conducting polymers are active materials that exhibit an interesting bidirectional electromechanical coupling, where an input voltage results in the displacement of the film and a voltage is produced when a displacement is applied to the film. Mechanical deformation of the transducer by external mechanical loads causes movement of ions, and the generation of voltages. In this work, a dual sensing and actuation model for conducting polymer is described. The model comprises an RC lumped circuit, representing the electrochemical model, a mechanical model described by a dynamic Euler – Bernoulli beam theory, and an empirical strain-to-charge ratio. All three submodels are presented in a self-consistent Bond Graph formalism. The predictions of this model are then demonstrated by comparing with the experimental sensing and actuation results of a 17 µm thin poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) – based trilayer transducer, showing that the complete electromechanical model elucidates an effective approach to describe both sensing and actuation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2019
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Proc. SPIE 10966, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXI, 109662A (29 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2517969
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Ngoc Tan Nguyen, Univ. de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (France)
Cédric Plesse, Univ. de Cergy-Pontoise (France)
Frédéric Vidal, Univ. de Cergy-Pontoise (France)
Sebastien Grondel, Univ. de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (France)
Eric Cattan, Institut d'Electronique de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (France)
John D. W. Madden, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10966:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXI
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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