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Nanomaterial-based ionic polymermetal composite insect scale flapping wing actuators

Jayabalan, Sakthi Swarrup and Ganguli, Ranjan and Madras, Giridhar (2016) Nanomaterial-based ionic polymermetal composite insect scale flapping wing actuators. In: MECHANICS OF ADVANCED MATERIALS AND STRUCTURES, 23 (11). pp. 1300-1311.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15376494.2015.1068409


Small size actuators (8 mm x 1 mm), IPMNC (RuO2/Nafion) and IPMNC (LbL/CNC) are studied for flapping at the frequency of insects and compared to Platinum IPMC-Pt. Flapping wing actuators based on IPMNC (RuO2/Nafion) are modeled with the size of three dragonfly species. To achieve maximum actuation performance with Sympetrum Frequens scale actuator with optimized Young's modulus, the effect of variation of thickness of electrode and Nafion region of Sympetrum Frequens scale actuator is studied. A trade-off in the electrode thickness and Young's modulus for dragonfly size IPMNC-RuO2/Nafion actuator is essential to achieve the desirable flapping performance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC, 530 WALNUT STREET, STE 850, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106 USA
Keywords: ionic polymer metal nano composite (IPMNC) actuators; dragonfly scale actuators; structural modeling; flapping performance; insect flight
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 12 May 2016 06:07
Last Modified: 12 May 2016 06:07
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/53821

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