Theoretical Evaluation of Electroactive Polymer Based Micropump Diaphragm for Air Flow Control

Abstract

An electroactive polymer (EAP), high energy electron irradiated poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [P(VDFTrFE)] copolymer, based actuation micropump diaphragm (PAMPD) have been developed for air flow control. The displacement strokes and profiles as a function of amplifier and frequency of electric field have been characterized. The volume stroke rates (volume rate) as function of electric field, driving frequency have been theoretically evaluated, too. The PAMPD exhibits high volume rate. It is easily tuned with varying of either amplitude or frequency of the applied electric field. In addition, the performance of the diaphragms were modeled and the agreement between the modeling results and experimental data confirms that the response of the diaphragms follow the design parameters. The results demonstrated that the diaphragm can fit some future aerospace applications to replace the traditional complex mechanical systems, increase the control capability and reduce the weight of the future air dynamic control systems.

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@inproceedings{Xu2004TheoreticalEO, title={Theoretical Evaluation of Electroactive Polymer Based Micropump Diaphragm for Air Flow Control}, author={Tian-Bing Xu and Ji Su and Qiming Zhang}, year={2004} }