Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs) are active materials that exhibit a bi-directional electromechanical coupling: a voltage produces membrane bending, while by bending an IPMC membrane a voltage output is obtained. IPMCs are of increasing interest in a number of application fields. More specifically, IPMCs can work in wet environments, even in water, and this represents a valuable capability in a number of applications fields such as underwater robotics, surveillance, and biomedical applications. In this work a totally new model of an active IPMC beam, solicited by a voltage signal and immersed in water, is introduced. The model estimates the moment produced by the applied voltage. Therefore, the classical Euler–Bernoulli cantilever beam theory and the concept of hydrodynamic function are used to describe the interaction between the beam and the water. Knowledge of this interaction allows estimation of the IPMC active beam motion in water.
|Titolo:||A model of ionic polymer–metal composite actuators in underwater operations|
|Autori interni:||GRAZIANI, Salvatore|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Rivista:||SMART MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|