We have proposed the flow control by using an artificial muscle based on the conducting polymer. In order to utilize the artificial muscle for flow control, it is important to clarify the mechanical properties on the artificial muscle based on the conducting polymer. The purpose of this study is to clarify the mechanical properties on artificial muscle and possibility of flow control by using it. We have measured the tensile force generated by artificial muscle in the distilled water. Moreover, we have observed the actuation of artificial muscle based on the conducting polymer in water tunnel. The tensile force of artificial muscle increased as the electrode potential increased. The averaged maximum tensile force did not depend on the scan rate of electrode potential. It depended on the electrode potential and was almost constant. However, the time for reaching maximum tensile force depended on the scan rate. The artificial muscle performed the bending actuation sufficiently not only static water but also running water. Therefore, it can be considered that the artificial muscle will be applied to the actuator for flow control.
Vortex Control by an Artificial Muscle Based on the Conducting Polymer
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Fuchiwaki, M, Tanaka, K, Sewa, S, & Onishi, K. "Vortex Control by an Artificial Muscle Based on the Conducting Polymer." Proceedings of the ASME/JSME 2003 4th Joint Fluids Summer Engineering Conference. Volume 2: Symposia, Parts A, B, and C. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. July 6–10, 2003. pp. 1757-1762. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2003-45070
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