Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites ( IPMC ) As Biomimetic Sensors and Actuators

  title={Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites ( IPMC ) As Biomimetic Sensors and Actuators},
  author={Mohsen Shahinpoor and Yoseph Bar-Cohen and Teng Xue and James O. Simpson and J. Smith},
This paper discusses a number of recent findings in connection with ion-exchange polymer-noble metal composites (IPMC) as biomimetic sensors and actuators. These smart composites exhibit characteristics of both actuators and sensors. Strips of these composites can undergo large bending and flapping displacement if an electric field is imposed across their thickness. Thus, in this sense they are large motion actuators. Conversely by bending the composite strip, either quasistatically or… CONTINUE READING
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