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Fabrication and characterization of solid state conducting polymer actuators
Author(s): Jian Xie; Jose-Maria Sansinena; Junbo Gao; Hsing-Lin Wang
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Paper Abstract

We report here the fabrication and characterization of solid-state conducting polymer actuators. The electrochemical activity of polyaniline (PANI) thin film coated with solid-state polyelectrolyte is very similar to the polyaniline thin film in an aqueous solution. The solid-state actuator is adhered to a lever arm of a force transducer and the force generation is measured in real time. The force generated by the actuator is found to be length dependent. However, the overall torque generated by the actuators with different lengths remains essentially the same. The effect of stimulation signals such as voltage, and current, on the bending angle and displacement is also studied using square wave potential.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5385, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (27 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.537978
Show Author Affiliations
Jian Xie, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Jose-Maria Sansinena, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Junbo Gao, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Hsing-Lin Wang, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5385:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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