9 April 2013 Design optimization of rod shaped IPMC actuator
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Ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) are some of the most well-known electro-active polymers. This is due to their large deformation provided a relatively low voltage source. IPMCs have been acknowledged as a potential candidate for biomedical applications such as cardiac catheters and surgical probes; however, there is still no existing mass manufacturing of IPMCs. This study intends to provide a theoretical framework which could be used to design practical purpose IPMCs depending on the end users interest. By explicitly coupling electrostatics, transport phenomenon, and solid mechanics, design optimization is conducted on a simulation in order to provide conceptual motivation for future designs. Utilizing a multi-physics analysis approach on a three dimensional cylinder and tube type IPMC provides physically accurate results for time dependent end effector displacement given a voltage source. Simulations are conducted with the finite element method and are also validated with empirical evidences. Having an in-depth understanding of the physical coupling provides optimal design parameters that cannot be altered from a standard electro-mechanical coupling. These parameters are altered in order to determine optimal designs for end-effector displacement, maximum force, and improved mobility with limited voltage magnitude. Design alterations are conducted on the electrode patterns in order to provide greater mobility, electrode size for efficient bending, and Nafion diameter for improved force. The results of this study will provide optimal design parameters of the IPMC for different applications.
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S. A Ruiz, S. A Ruiz, B. Mead, B. Mead, H. Yun, H. Yun, W. Yim, W. Yim, K. J. Kim, K. J. Kim, } "Design optimization of rod shaped IPMC actuator", Proc. SPIE 8687, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2013, 868722 (9 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2009390; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2009390

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