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Fabrication and characterization of lPMC actuator for underwater micro robot propulsor

Shaari, Muhammad Farid and Saw, S. K. and Samad, Zahurin (2014) Fabrication and characterization of lPMC actuator for underwater micro robot propulsor. Applied Mechanics and Materials , 575. pp. 716-720. ISSN 1660-9336


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The usage of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite (IPMC) actuator as the propulsor for underwater robot has been worked out by many scientists and researchers. IPMC actuator had been selected due to its advantages such as low energy consumption, low operation noise and ability to work underwater. This paper presents the fabrication and characterization of the IPMC actuator. The IPMC actuator samples had been fabricated using electroless plating for three different thickness and lengths. The characterization was conducted to determine the influence of the thickness, length, input frequency, drive voltage and orientation angle on the tip force and output frequency. The results show that IPMC thickness has significant influence on the tip force generation and lower input frequency would results wider displacement. The recorded results are essential as future reference in developing the propulsor for the underwater robot.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: actuation force; IPMC; smart actuator; underwater robot
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ163-163.12 Mechanical and electrical engineering combined
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2014 07:45
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2014 07:45
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5837
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