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IONIC POLYMER-METAL COMPOSITE AS SENSOR AND ACTUATOR: APPLICATION IN MOTION CONTROL

Objective

The project proposal aims at fabricating an innovative material that is Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite (IPMC), in order to develop prototypes of an artificial muscle and of emotion sensor. To reach the aforesaid objectives, all Participants will conduct a series of theoretical researches and experimental analysis. Imps bend, if a voltage misapplied across their thickness and, vice versa, they generate a voltage signal if mechanically deformed, quasi-statically or dynamically. It is quite evident the possibility to overwork these properties to build both motion actuators and sensors. This kind of materials has a big potentiality in several application fields, such as robotics, biomedical, aerospace, safety and surveillance.
Nevertheless, at the moment those applications are limited by the poor knowledge of the mechanisms, which are involved in the actuation and sensing operative modes, the lack of models able to describe the material behaviour. Comparing this type of materials with other existing ones, such as Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) or Pies Electric Materials (PZT), Epics are lighter, cane activated by low voltage (few volts compared to hundreds of volts of PZT), as a good low frequency response (up to a minimum of hundreds of kHz) and can be produced without using toxic elements, such as Ni, Cod, Pub.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-NMP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CONSORZIO CATANIA RICERCHE
Address
Via Santa Maria Del Rosario 9
Catania
Italy

Participants (5)

BIOPHY RESEARCH, SA
France
Address
Zac St Charles
Fuveau
DEIMOS SPACE SL
Spain
Address
Ronda De Poniente,19
Tres Cantos (Madrid)
DIPARTIMENTO DI INGEGNERIA ELETTRICA ELETTRONICA E DEI SISTEMI
Italy
Address
Viale Andrea Doria 6
Catania
ROBOSOFT SA
France
Address
Technopole D'izarbel'
Bidart
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds,west Yorshire