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Experiments with self-sensing IPMC actuating device
Author(s): Karl Kruusamäe; Paola Brunetto; Salvatore Graziani; Luigi Fortuna; Margus Kodu; Raivo Jaaniso; Andres Punning; Alvo Aabloo
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a realization of a self-sensing ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) device by patterning its surface electrodes and thus creating separate actuator and sensor parts. The sensor and actuator elements of such device are still electrically coupled through the capacitance and/or conductivity of the ionic polymer. By creating a separate grounded shielding electrode between the two parts, it is possible to suppress significantly the undesired cross-talk from the actuator to the sensor. The paper at hand compares three different methods for separating sensor and actuator parts: manual scraping, machine milling, and laser ablation. The basis of comparison of the methods is the electrical characteristics of the device after realizing the surface patterns and the convenience of manufacturing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7642, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2010, 76420V (9 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847503
Show Author Affiliations
Karl Kruusamäe, Tartu Univ. (Estonia)
Paola Brunetto, Univ. degli Studi di Catania (Italy)
Salvatore Graziani, Univ. degli Studi di Catania (Italy)
Luigi Fortuna, Univ. degli Studi di Catania (Italy)
Margus Kodu, Tartu Univ. (Estonia)
Raivo Jaaniso, Tartu Univ. (Estonia)
Andres Punning, Tartu Univ. (Estonia)
Alvo Aabloo, Tartu Univ. (Estonia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7642:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2010
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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