An embedded system to control conducting interpenetrating polymer networks actuators

T. A. Nguyen, L. Chassagne, B. Cagneau, A. Fannir, K. Rohtlaid, T. M.G. Nguyen, C. Plesse, F. Vidal, C. J. Peng, S. J. Chen

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In this work, we present an electronic board used for conducting Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (IPNs) which can be used as sensors and/or actuators. The first prototype allows the user to generate custom signals for actuation purposes (steps, sine, triangle...). It can also record the deformations applied to the device by reading the voltage between the two electrodes. However, the voltage required for actuation is of a few volts while the measured voltages during sensing is only of a few hundreds of microvolts. It is thus necessary to magnify the measured voltage with signal processing techniques. The paper proposes an equivalent model of IPN actuator in the range of [1 Hz-1 kHz], a robust model will allow to drive the actuator thanks to the electric indicators (voltage and current) measured between the electrodes of actuator.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Sensors, SENSORS 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479982875
StatePublished - 5 Jan 2016
Event15th IEEE Sensors Conference, SENSORS 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 30 Oct 20162 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of IEEE Sensors
ISSN (Print)1930-0395
ISSN (Electronic)2168-9229


Conference15th IEEE Sensors Conference, SENSORS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • embedded systems
  • flexible sensor
  • polymers


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