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High-strain ionomeric–ionic liquid electroactive actuators

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dc.contributor.author Akle, Barbar J.
dc.contributor.author Bennett, Matthew D.
dc.contributor.author Leo, Donald J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-11T13:19:58Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-11T13:19:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0924-4247 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4568
dc.description.abstract Ionomeric polymers are a class of electromechanical transducer consisting of an ionomeric substrate with metal-plated electrodes. Application of a low-voltage (<5 V) across the thickness of the membrane produces controllable strain. The advantage of ionomeric polymers compared to other types of electromechanical transducers (e.g. piezoelectric polymers) is low-voltage operation, High-strain capability, and high sensitivity to motion in charge sensing mode. Two of the primary limitations of ionomeric polymers for electromechanical transducers are unstable operation in air and solvent breakdown at low-voltage. This work focuses on overcoming these limitations through the development of an ionic liquid-ionomeric composite with a tailored electrode composition that maximizes strain output. It is becoming clear that charge accumulation at the polymer-electrode interface is the key to producing high-strain in ionomeric polymer transducers. In this work, we combine a previously developed process for incorporating ionic liquids into ionomer membranes with a new method for tailoring the electrode composition. The electrode composition is studied as a function of the surface-to-volume ratio and conductivity of the metal particulates. Results demonstrate that the surface-to-volume ratio of the metal particulate is critical to increasing the capacitance of the transducer. Increased conductivity of the metal particulates produces improved response at higher frequencies (>10 Hz), but this effect is small compared to the increase in strain produced by maximizing the capacitance. Increasing capacitance produces a transducer that is able to achieve >2% strain (ɛ) at voltage levels of ±3 V. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title High-strain ionomeric–ionic liquid electroactive actuators en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOE en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200700940 en_US
dc.author.department Industrial And Mechanical Engineering en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Sensors and Actuators A: Physical en_US
dc.journal.volume 126 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 173-181 en_US
dc.keywords Artificial muscle en_US
dc.keywords Ionic liquid en_US
dc.keywords Electroactive polymer en_US
dc.keywords Nafion en_US
dc.keywords Ionic polymer transducer en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2005.09.006 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Akle, B. J., Bennett, M. D., & Leo, D. J. (2006). High-strain ionomeric–ionic liquid electroactive actuators. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 126(1), 173-181. en_US
dc.author.email barbar.akle@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924424705005224 en_US


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