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IPMC cilia system for artificial muscle applications (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Taeseon Hwang; Viljar Palmre; Tyler P. Stalbaum; Qi Shen; Sarah Trabia; Kwang Jin Kim

Paper Abstract

Artificial muscle (AM) technology is an excellent candidate for creating cilia-based structures for bio-inspired locomotion, maneuvering, and acoustic systems. We developed an AM based cilia fiber which are soft, flexible, easily shaped and low power consumption. The developed cilium has a diameter of around 200 µm and prepared through polymer injection technique. Nafion was used for base polymer for cilia and fabricated IPMCs via platinum electroless plating process. The prepared cilia were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetric analysis. The 2 point probe was conducted to measure electrode surface resistance of prepared IPMCs. We further characterized the cross-sectional morphology and studied the electromechanical performances (displacement and blocking force) of the prepared IPMC actuators. Also we created prototype mm-sized AM fiber cilia array (3x20) and tested the actuation of AM cilia fiber under external electric field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 June 2016
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 9798, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016, 979818 (22 June 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2220447
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Taeseon Hwang, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Viljar Palmre, The Univ. of Texas Medical School at Houston (United States)
Tyler P. Stalbaum, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Qi Shen, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Sarah Trabia, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Kwang Jin Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9798:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Frédéric Vidal, Editor(s)

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