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Self-sensing properties of carbon-polymer composite (CPC) actuators
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Paper Abstract

CPC (carbon-polymer composite) is a type of low voltage electromechanically active material, which is often built using two layers of electrodes containing nanoporous carbon separated by a thin ion-permeable polymer film; ionic liquid is used as electrolyte. In cantilever configuration, while low voltage (3 V) is applied to these electrodes, the CPC sheet undergoes bending. To date, virtually no research into sensing properties of these materials has been conducted. In order to determine the tip displacement (curvature) of the CPC actuator, change of surface resistance in the process of bending is measured. Within the scope of this paper, it is also to investigate whether the acquired signals are feasible for use as a feedback to the actuator's driving mechanism and thus creating a self-sensing CPC device. Experimental data is presented to report that both resistive and capacitive effects are present on surface electrodes and alter during the actuator's work-cycle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7976, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011, 79760Q (28 March 2011);
Show Author Affiliations
Karl Kruusamäe, Univ. of Tartu (Estonia)
Andres Punning, Univ. of Tartu (Estonia)
Alvo Aabloo, Univ. of Tartu (Estonia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7976:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Federico Carpi, Editor(s)

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