An IPMC Actuated 3D Swimming Microrobot and its Propulsive Efficiency Analysis

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An Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMC) actuated 3D swimming microrobot is presented first. Inspired by biologic fins, passive plastic fin is attached to the IPMC strip to increase the thrust. Infrared sensors are equipped for wireless control and autonomous navigation. Then propulsive efficiency analyses are carried out. From the water electrolysis influence analysis of the IPMC, the best working voltage is confirmed. Finally, a two parts IPMC actuator is presented to improve the propulsive efficiency of the microrobot after the analysis of propulsive efficiency of caudal fin.

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Periodical:

Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 419-420)

Edited by:

Daizhong Su, Qingbin Zhang and Shifan Zhu

Pages:

785-788

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.419-420.785

Citation:

X. F. Ye et al., "An IPMC Actuated 3D Swimming Microrobot and its Propulsive Efficiency Analysis", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 419-420, pp. 785-788, 2010

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October 2009

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