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The application of polypyrrole trilayer actuators in microfluidics and robotics
Author(s): Rudolf Kiefer; Xerxes Mandviwalla; Rosalind Archer; Sungkono Surya Tjahyono; Han Wang; Bruce MacDonald; Graham A. Bowmaker; Paul A. Kilmartin; Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
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Paper Abstract

Trilayer actuators were constructed using polypyrrole (PPy) films doped with dodecylbenzene sulfonate (DBS). Identical 5-20 μm PPy/DBS films were grown on either side of a 110 μm poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane to serve as working and counter electrodes with respect to each other. The performance of the trilayer actuator was tested using potential step experiments between -0.8 and +0.8 V at different frequencies (0.03 to 10 Hz) and trilayer lengths (1 to 2.5 cm), and the extent of deflection was measured using a CCD camera. Satisfactory deflections in the range of 1-3 mm were observed for 10 μm thick PPy layers on trilayers 1.5 to 2.5 cm in length when operated at 1-5 Hz for over 40,000 cycles. The trilayer actuators were examined in a fluidics channels, and mathematical modelling using finite element analysis was used to predict overall fluid movement and flow rates. The trilayers were also used to construct a 'fish-tail' positioned at the back of a self-driven robotic fish.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6927, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008, 69271E (10 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776060
Show Author Affiliations
Rudolf Kiefer, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Xerxes Mandviwalla, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Rosalind Archer, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Sungkono Surya Tjahyono, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Han Wang, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Bruce MacDonald, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Graham A. Bowmaker, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Paul A. Kilmartin, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)
Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Univ. of Auckland (New Zealand)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6927:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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