Enhanced electromechanical responses of IPCNC Actuators

Yang Liu, Sheng Liu, Hulya Cebeci, Roberto G. De Villoria, Jun Hong Lin, Brian L. Wardle, Qiming Zhang

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    Abstract

    In this presentation, we will show several progresses in Ionic Polymer Conductor Network Composite Actuators (IPCNC) studies. First of all, we successfully fabricated ultra high volume fraction vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VA-CNTs)/polymer composite electrodes which markedly improved the electromechanical performance of IPCNC actuators. The experimental results show that the continuous paths through inter-VA-CNT channels and low electrical conduction resistance due to the continuous CNTs lead to fast actuation speed (>10% strain/second). The experimental results also demonstrate that the VA-CNTs create anisotropic elastic property in the composite electrodes, which suppresses the vertical strain and markedly enhances the actuation strain (>8% strain under 4 volts). The data here show the promise of optimizing the electrode morphology in IPCNCs by the ultrahigh volume fraction VA-CNTs for ionic polymer actuators to achieve high performance.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2010
    Pages195-203
    Number of pages9
    StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
    EventASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2010 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
    Duration: Sep 28 2010Oct 1 2010

    Publication series

    NameASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2010
    Volume2

    Other

    OtherASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2010
    CountryUnited States
    CityPhiladelphia, PA
    Period9/28/1010/1/10

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Biomaterials

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    Liu, Y., Liu, S., Cebeci, H., De Villoria, R. G., Lin, J. H., Wardle, B. L., & Zhang, Q. (2010). Enhanced electromechanical responses of IPCNC Actuators. In ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2010 (pp. 195-203). (ASME 2010 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2010; Vol. 2).