Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23214
Title: Fabrication of an ionic polymer-carbon nanotube composite for a new configurative actuator
Authors: Du, FP
Tang, CY 
Zhou, XP
Xie, XL
Keywords: actuator
ionic polymer-carbon nanotube composite
ionic-exchange membrane
MWNT-diaphragm electrode
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Source: Journal of composite materials, 2011, v. 45, no. 20, p. 2055-2060 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Composite Materials 
Abstract: In this study, an ionic polymer-carbon nanotube composite (IPNTC) was developed to function as a new configurative actuator. The IPNTC was fabricated with carbon nanotube-reinforced ionic polymer as electroactive middle layer and functional multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) diaphragm as electrode layers coated on the two sides of the membrane. Scanning electron microscopy images show that the interface between functional MWNT-diaphragms and polymer membrane has strong adhesion. Furthermore, the MWNT-diaphragm has a uniform dense porous structure, and MWNTs entangle and interpenetrate each other. The IPNTC actuator has remarkable displacement output under low-voltage stimulation and it can last for 3000 cycles with only 10% reduction in the displacement output.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23214
DOI: 10.1177/0021998311399482
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