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Snap-through dynamics of bi-stable IPMC actuator considering beam configuration
Author(s): Jin-Han Jeon; Tai-Hong Cheng; Joong-Woo Park; Il-Kwon Oh
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Paper Abstract

The snap-through dynamics of the bi-stable IPMC actuators were investigated to generate much larger displacements and periodical stable locomotion based on jumping phenomena according to boundary conditions. First, in the clamped-free BC, two curved cantilever IPMC actuators with a constant curvature and initial tip deflections of 8mm and 16mm were fabricated from flat IPMCs through thermal treatment under hot water simultaneously to reduce the residual stresses. A flat and two curved IPMC actuators were tested to evaluate the effect of initial shape in terms of step responses, harmonic responses and frequency response function tests under small and large deformation. The snap-through phenomena for the curved IPMC actuators unlike the flat IPMC actuator were observed with much larger tip displacements, low power consumption and periodical jumps of the instant velocity. Second, in case of all-clamped BC, the large and bistable responses were observed under DC and AC excitation through the end-shortening effect. These tests were conducted with various end-shortenings of 0.25, 0.5, and 1.0 mm. The jumping phenomena of IPMC actuator was remarkably observed at their conditions, respectively. Present results show that the initial curved deflection and endshortening of the IPMC actuator strongly affects the large deformation at respective boundary conditions due to the snapthrough phenomena.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7493, Second International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 74931N (21 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.843497
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Jin-Han Jeon, Chonnam National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Tai-Hong Cheng, Chonnam National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Joong-Woo Park, Chonnam National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Il-Kwon Oh, Chonnam National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7493:
Second International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering
Jinsong Leng; Anand K. Asundi; Wolfgang Ecke, Editor(s)

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