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28 July 2003 Tadpole Robot (TadRob) using ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator
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We have developed the wireless tadpole robot that has simple geometry, driven by low voltage and the undulatory fin-motion using IPMC(Ionic Polymer Metal Composite) actuator. Behavior of TadRob is tested under various frequencies(1~8Hz) to find the correlation between actuator frequency and velocity of the robot. In addition, the robot velocity according to undulation motion and oscillation motion of the fin is compared to find the proper fin-motion to increase the efficiency of the robot. Also, steering capability is tested under variation of duty ratio. Based on experimental results, we can confirm that the velocity of TadRob can be controlled by changing frequency of input voltage and the steering angle can be increased with increasing the duty ratio.
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Jaehoon Jung, Younghun Tak, Byungkyu Kim, Jong-Oh Park, Seung-Ki Lee, and Jungho Pak "Tadpole Robot (TadRob) using ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) actuator", Proc. SPIE 5051, Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (28 July 2003);

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