Ionic polymer-metal composite

Ionic polymer-metal composite

IPMC is also known as Ionic Polymer Metal Composite or Compound.

Developed for use as artificial muscles, IPMc can result in a large shape deformation by applying a low voltage (from 1 to 5 volts). Applying a mechanical force to the substance will result in a proportional voltage being applied onto the surface. Because of this it can be used both as a sensor and an actuator.

IPMC is a type of electroactive polymer

External links

* M. Shahinpoor, Y. Bar-Cohen, T. Xue, J.O. Simpson, and J. Smith. "Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMC) as Biomimetic Sensors and Actuators," "Proceedings of SPIE's 5th Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials, 1-5 March, 1998, San Diego, CA." Paper No. 3324-27. Available at http://ndeaa.jpl.nasa.gov/nasa-nde/papers/spie98/SPIE98-mo.PDF .

* http://www.ac.ctrl.titech.ac.jp/english/coe/ipmc.html .


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