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Characterization of the electromechanical properties of ionomeric polymer-metal composite (IPMC)
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Paper Abstract

IPMC is an electroactive polymer (EAP) that has been the subject of research and development since 1992. The advantages of IPMC in requiring low activation voltage and the induced large bending strain led to its consideration for various potential applications. However, before the benefits of IPMC can be effectively exploited for practical use, the electromechanical behavior of this group of EAP materials must be properly understood and quantified. An experimental setup was developed for data acquisition from IPMC strips that are subjected to various tip mass load levels. This data acquisition setup was used to measure the displacement and curvature of IPMC as a function of the input signal. Sample strips were immersed in water to minimize the effect of moisture content. In order to avoid electrolysis, the samples were subjected to 1-V square wave with either positive or negative polarity. Experiments have shown that IPMC has history dependence and the characteristics response is dominated by the backbone (e.g., Nafion, Flemion, etc.) and ionic content (e.g., Na+, Li+, etc.).

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4695, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (11 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475173
Show Author Affiliations
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Xiaoqi Bao, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stewart Sherrit, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Shyh-Shiuh Lih, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4695:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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