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A scalable model for trilayer conjugated polymer actuators and its experimental validation
Author(s): Yang Fang; Xiaobo Tan; Yantao Shen; Ning Xi; Gürsel Alici
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Paper Abstract

Conjugated polymers have promising applications as actuators in biomimetic robotics and bio/micromanipulation. For these applications, it is highly desirable to have predictive models available for feasibility study and design optimization. In this paper a geometrically-scalable model is presented for trilayer conjugated polymer actuators based on the diffusive-elastic-metal model. The proposed model characterizes actuation behaviors in terms of intrinsic material parameters and actuator dimensions. Experiments are conducted on polypyrrole actuators of different dimensions to validate the developed scaling laws for the quasi-static force and displacement output, the electrical admittance, and the dynamic displacement response.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 April 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6524, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2007, 652413 (5 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715776
Show Author Affiliations
Yang Fang, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Xiaobo Tan, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Yantao Shen, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Ning Xi, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Gürsel Alici, Univ. of Wollongong (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6524:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2007
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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