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Physics-based electromechanical model of IPMC considering various underlying currents
Author(s): D. Pugal; K. J. Kim; V. Palmre; K. K. Leang; A. Aabloo
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Paper Abstract

Experiments indicate that the electrodes affect the charge dynamics, and therefore actuation of ionic polymermetal composite (IPMC) via three different types of currents - electric potential induced ionic current, leakage current, and electrochemical current if approximately higher than 2 V voltage is applied to a typical 200 μm thick IPMC. The ionic current via charge accumulation near the electrodes is the direct cause of the osmotic and electrostatic stresses in the polymer and therefore carries the major role in the actuation of IPMC. However, the leakage and the electrochemical - electrolysis in case of water based IPMCs - currents do not affect the actuation dynamics as directly but cause potential gradients on the electrodes. These in turn affect the ionic current. A physics based finite element (FE) model was developed to incorporate the effect of the electrodes and three different types of currents in the actuation calculations. The Poisson-Nernst-Planck system of equations is used in the model to describe the ionic current and the Butler-Volmer relation is used to describe the electrolysis current for different applied voltages and IPMC thicknesses. To validate the model, calculated tip deflection, applied net current, and potential drop in case of various IPMC thicknesses and applied voltages are compared to experimental data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8340, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2012, 83400P (4 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915919
Show Author Affiliations
D. Pugal, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
K. J. Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
V. Palmre, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
K. K. Leang, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
A. Aabloo, Univ. of Tartu (Estonia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8340:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2012
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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