Wireless powering of ionic polymer metal composites towards hovering micro-swimmers

Karl Abdelnour, Adam Stinchcombe, Maurizio Porfiri, Jun Zhang, Stephen Childress

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In this paper, we present the design of a wireless powering system for ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs). The system design is motivated by the need for enabling technologies to replicate hovering flight and swimming in biological systems. IPMC wireless powering is achieved by using radio frequency magnetically coupled coils and in-house designed power electronics for low-frequency IPMC actuation. Parameters of the circuit components describing the resonantly coupled coils and the IPMC are experimentally identified. The power transfer from the external power source to the receiver at the IPMC is experimentally analyzed for a broad range of system parameters. Flow visualization and particle image velocimetry are used to ascertain the system capabilities. Moreover, the IPMC vibration in the wireless and wired configurations is compared.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
StatePublished - 2012


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