Analysis of mechanical characteristics of the ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator using cast ion-exchange film

Byungkyu Kim, Byung Mok Kim, Jaewook Ryu, In Hwan Oh, Seung Ki Lee, Seung Eun Cha, Jungho Pak

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Abstract

IPMC (Ionic Polymer Metal Composite) is a promising candidate actuator for bio-related applications mainly due to its biocompatibility, soft properties and operation in wet condition. The widely used and commercialized ion-exchange polymer film has limitation in thicknesses, but more various film thicknesses are required for extensive applications. Especially for the enhanced force as an actuator, acquisition of thick film is essential. Various ion-exchange polymer films with thickness of 0.4-1.2 mm have been prepared by casting of liquid ion-exchange polymer. As well, IPMC actuators using cast ion-exchange polymer films have been fabricated and the basic mechanical characteristics such as stiffness, displacement and force were measured and analyzed. These results can be used for the optimized design of actuators for different applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-495
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume5051
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventPROCEEDINGS OF SPIE SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering: Smart Structures and Materials 2003 Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2003 Mar 32003 Mar 6

Keywords

  • Biocompatible actuator
  • Ion-exchange polymer
  • IPMC actuator
  • Polymer casting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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