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Microfabrication of IPMC cilia for bio-inspired flow sensing
Author(s): Hong Lei; Wen Li; Xiaobo Tan
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Paper Abstract

As the primary flow sensing organ for fishes, the lateral line system plays a critical role in fish behavior. Analogous to its biological counterpart, an artificial lateral line system, consisting of arrays of micro flow sensors, is expected to be instrumental in the navigation and control of underwater robots. In this paper we investigate the microfabrication of ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) cilia for the purpose of flow sensing. While existing macro- and microfabrication methods for IPMCs have predominantly focused on planar structures, we propose a device where micro IPMC beams stand upright on a substrate to effectively interact with the flow. Challenges in the casting of 3D Nafion structure and selective formation of electrodes are discussed, and potential solutions for addressing these challenges are presented together with preliminary microfabrication results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8340, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2012, 83401A (4 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.917525
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Hong Lei, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Wen Li, Michigan State Univ. (United States)
Xiaobo Tan, Michigan State Univ. (United States)


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

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