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Characterization of IPMC actuators using standard testing methods
Author(s): D. Fernández; R. Espinosa; L. Moreno; J. Baselga
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Paper Abstract

In response to a clear need, the research community on EAP (Electroactive Polymer) has just started to work on a standard test methodology to characterize EAP actuators. A very general test methodology for EAPs, covering the characterization procedures for extensional and bending actuators was recently presented. In the present work, well known IPMC samples are characterized following such test methodology. Also, additional tests, not covered by the preliminary standard are included. These tests are conducted using the EAP Unit Tester, a test bench specifically designed for the characterization of EAP actuators. Rather than presenting new material's results, the paper focuses on the instrumentation, procedures and form of presenting results. Although the paper is focused on IPMC the method can be extrapolated to other bending actuators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6168, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 616818 (22 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.658439
Show Author Affiliations
D. Fernández, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
R. Espinosa, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
L. Moreno, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
J. Baselga, Univ. Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6168:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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