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Ionic Polymer Metal Composites
Evolution, Applications and Future Direction

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ISBN 9781032069456
March 28, 2022 Forthcoming by CRC Press
264 Pages 66 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book focuses on electro active polymer material known as Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC) having unique applicability as sensor and actuator which finds extensive use in various domain of engineering and science research. Apart from fundamentals of the IPMC concept, various applications are covered extensively across the chapters including space, underwater and nanoscale, including manufacturing processes. Dedicated chapters are included for robotics and biomedical applications and possible research gaps. Future research perspectives for IPMC are also discussed.


  • Covers principle of Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC), manufacturing processes, applications, and future possibilities in a systematic manner
  • Highlights IPMC practical applicability in biomedical engineering domain
  • Explores Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNT) based IPMC soft actuators
  • Discusses IPMC applications in underwater areas
  • Includes IPMC application in robotics focusing on special compliant mechanism

This book is aimed toward researchers, graduate students and professionals in materials and mechanical engineering, robotics, mechatronics, biomedical engineering, and physics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to IPMC, Its application and Present Scenario
Srijan Bhattacharya

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Literature Survey
1.3 Summary

Chapter 2: Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuator: Methods of Preparation
Dillip Kumar Biswal

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Actuation Mechanism
2.3 Literature Review
2.4 Methodology
2.5 Result Discussion
2.6 Conclusion

Chapter 3: A Study of Movement, Structural Stability and Electrical Performance of a Harvesting System based on Ionic Polymer–Metal Composites
Vinh Nguyen Duy, Nang Xuan Ho, Hyung-Man Kim

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Modelling of the IPMC Movement and Ocean Wave Kinetic Energy
3.3 Results and Discussion
3.4 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Application of Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC) as Soft Actuators in Robotics and Bio-mimetics
Dr. Ravi Kant Jain

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Past Literature Survey on Development of IPMC Actuator, Modeling, Control and Various Robotic and Bio-mimetic Applications
4.3 Development of Single-Walled Carbon Nano Tubes (SWNT) Based IPMC Soft Actuator
4.4 Development IPMC Soft Actuators Based Robotic System for Robotics Assembly 
4.5 Conclusion

Chapter 5: Study on Time Dependent Bending Response of IPMC Actuators
Siladitya Khan,Gautam Gare, Ritwik Chattaraj, Srijan Bhattacharya, Bikash Bepari, Subhasis Bhaumik

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Soft Robotic Materials: Research Status and Current Trends
5.3 Simulating Soft Actuators: A Robotic Perspective
5.4 Design and Development of Compliant Soft-actuated Grippers: An Application of Hyper-redundant Kinematic Modelling
5.5 Conclusion and Future Prospects

Chapter 6: Selection of Elastomer for Compliant Robotic Gripper Harnessed with IPMC Actuator
Srijan Bhattacharya, Bikash Bepari, Subhasis Bhaumik

6.1 Introduction     
6.2 Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) Problem Formulation
6.3 Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to an Ideal Solution
6.4 Complex Proportional Assessment
6.5 Multiple Objective Optimization on the basis of Ratio Analysis
6.7 Determination of Entropy Weight
6.8 Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient
6.9 Criteria for Compliant Material Selection
6.10 Compliant Materials
6.11 Results
6.12 Discussion
6.13 Conclusion

Chapter 7: Study of Polar Region Atmospheric Electric Field Impact on Human Beings and the Potential Solution by IPMC
Suman Das, Srijan Bhattacharya, Subrata Chottopadhyay

7.1 Introduction
7.2 Atmospheric Electric Field at Polar Region: Global Electric Circuit
7.3 Generation of Air-Earth Current (Maxwell current)
7.4 Diurnal variation of Fair-Weather Atmospheric Electric Field, conductivity and Air-Earth Current Density at Polar Regions
7.5 Environmental Electrostatic Field and air Ions (Generation of Earth’s Vertical Electric Field)
7.6 Effects of Human Body Electrostatic Generation in Context with Polar Regions
7.7 Energy Harvesting from Human Body Electrostatic Discharge
7.8 Investigation On Electroactive Polymer (EAP) Based Technologies for Human Body Static Nullification at Polar Regions
7.9 IPMC based Proposed Methodology (Wearable Electronic devices prototype design)
7.10 Discussions and Conclusions

Chapter 8: Future Direction on IPMC Research
Srijan Bhattacharya

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Future Research Objectives and Methodology
8.3 Summary

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Dr. Srijan Bhattacharya (M’16, SM’20), is working as Assistant Professor & Head in Dept. of Applied Electronics & Instrumentation Engg., (AEIE) in RCC Institute of Information Technology, Kolkata, India. He did B.E. in Electronics & Instrumentation Engg. from Gandhi Institute of Engineering & Technology (Presently GIET University), Orissa, India (2003) and M. Tech in Electrical Engineering (Specialization Mechatronics) from National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research, Kolkata, India (2008) and PhD from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, India (2017). He received Gold medal from West Bengal University of Technology, West Bengal [Presently Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT)]. He had published book title – "Advancements in Instrumentation and Control in Applied System Applications" as single editor with IGI Global, USA, and a conference proceedings with Book Series - Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, Springer.

He is Associate Guest Editor for Springer Journal of "The Institution of Engineers (India): Series B", He has published 30+ peer-reviewed journals/Book Chapter/conference papers and completed one Research project sponsored by - Institution of Engineers (India) - IE(I). He has been involved with academic administration as, Board of Studies Member - AEIE MAKAUT, West Bengal, GIET University, India, He is also coordinator of – Student Chapter RCCIIT - The Robotics Society (TRS) - India. He is also Life Member of The Institution of Engineers (India), The Robotics Society (TRS) – India, His research interest is in Mechatronics system design, Sensors design and application, smart material - Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC).