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Modeling the Multiphysics Wrinkling Instability of Ionic Polymer Composite Plates for Artificial Muscle Applications

[+] Author Affiliations
John G. Michopoulos, Athanasios P. Iliopoulos

Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

Paper No. DETC2016-59620, pp. V01AT02A011; 13 pages
  • ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: 36th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, August 21–24, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5007-7
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


In this paper we first present the derivation of the governing equations that describe the multiphysics behavior of Ionic Polymer Composite Plates (IPMC). This is done in a manner that accounts for their non-linear large deflection deformation under the influence of mechanical, electrical, thermal and multicomponent mass transport fields. We subsequently present numerical solutions of the system of these equations via the use of the finite element method for a case of a specific rectangular plate. Emphasis is given in identifying the multiphysics based wrinkling instability behavior that manifest near the corners of these plates due to multiphysics stimuli.

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