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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC): Potential Material for Microtechnology Devices

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  • Suhaila M. Yusuf 
  • Abbas A. Dehghani-Sanij
  • Robert C. Richardson

  • Abstract

    Ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) is one of the electroactive materials that is being actively investigated. This is due to its potential to become actuators from micro to macro technology. It can be used to develop small actuators such as microgripper or robotic’s fingers for manipulating biology cell as it only requires small voltages to generate significant displacement and will not cause any damage to the object being manipulated. This paper presents the characterization of small-scale IPMC using a vision system and force measurement using a load cell. Six small-scale IPMC samples have been used in the experimental works with voltage excitation of 1–3 V and fixed frequency of 0.5 Hz. Results show that the range of displacement and force generated by the IPMC depends on several parameters such as physical dimensions and voltage magnitude.


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