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Bio-inspired hovering and locomotion via wirelessly powered ionic polymer metal composites
Author(s): Karl Abdelnour; Adam Stinchcombe; Maurizio Porfiri; Jun Zhang; Stephen Childress
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we present a wireless powering system for Ionic Polymer Metal Composites (IPMCs). The need for technological advancements towards the realization of hovering flight and swimming in biological systems motivates the system design. We demonstrate IPMC wireless powering through radio frequency magnetically coupled coils and ad hoc power electronics for low frequency IPMC actuation. We identify the parameters of the circuit components describing the resonantly coupled coils. We analyze the power transfer from the external power source to the receiver at the IPMC and compare the actuation performance of the IPMC in the wireless and wired configurations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7975, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication, 79750R (23 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.881737
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Karl Abdelnour, Polytechnic Institute of New York Univ. (United States)
Adam Stinchcombe, New York Univ. (United States)
Maurizio Porfiri, Polytechnic Institute of New York Univ. (United States)
Jun Zhang, New York Univ. (United States)
Stephen Childress, New York Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7975:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication
Raúl J. Martín-Palma; Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Editor(s)

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