Energy Harvesting System Based on Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites – Identification of Electrical Parameters
Janusz Kwaśniewski, Ireneusz Dominik, Filip Kaszuba
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Department of Process Control, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics,
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2014;23(6):2339–2343
This paper presents the results of preliminary studies concerning the creation of a precise mathematical description of the ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) element that works in an electrical circuit. Such a model could simplify the design and accelerate the prototyping of a new generation of actuators, sensors, and energy harvesters. Energy harvested by the IPMC can be used to power everyday use electronic devices. Energy harvesting utilizing smart materials can be a breakthrough in energy-savings, thus it can provide some additional environmental protection. Series and parallel connections of two IPMC samples are researched in order to check the influence the samples have on each other.