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IPMC paints
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we are reporting a newely developed IPMC fabrication method, "IPMC Paint", which can be directly sprayed onto any complex surface. In order to fabricate the IPMC paint, liquid NafionTM was used for the ionic conducting polymer instead of the typical film/sheet type NafionTM. The viscosity of liquid NafionTM was adjusted by adding Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) to perform spray painting. Modified Nafion was sprayed onto the conducting substrate, PolyfoilTM which acts as base electrode layer. After three times spraying, ionic polymer layer has 45 μm thickness and 10 μm of surface roughness. Sensing tests show that IPMC paint sensor has more sensitivity (± 0.06 of producing voltage) than that of the typical IPMC (± 0.005 of producing voltage) when dynamic bending with 10 Hz frequency and 1.3 cm of displacement is applied to.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6927, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008, 69270B (10 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.775649
Show Author Affiliations
Il-Seok Park, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Rashi Tiwari, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Kwang J. Kim, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6927:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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