We review some patents on the use of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMCs) and its manipulation to be used by different application areas. The different IPMC structures patented the techniques to improve its efficiency, and their operation as sensor and/or actuator mode. Some advantages/disadvantages of the different structures presented in relation to other existing but not using the IPMC material are also pointed out. Some future perspectives for the application of IPMCs are also explored.
Keywords: Electroactive polymers (EAP), ionic polymer-metal composites, IPMCs, artificial muscles, Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites (IPMCs), actuator mode, porous fluoride ion polymer, ion conductor, platinum, electrical stimulus, medicine, urinary, fecal incontinence, gastroesophageal reflux, congestive heart failure, expansion/contraction, esophageal cuff sphincter, artificial muscle patch, electroactive actuators, electroactive sensors, electroactive members, horizontal, vertical axis, DC motor, snake like linear actuator, auto-sensing glove, sphincter muscle, contractile structure, non-rectilinear fibers, tubular part, electroactive fibers, microfluids, fluid flux, microchannel, structures fitting, protective membrane, evaporation, deflector or moment arm, morphing surfaces, aero-dynamic forces, airfoils, elastic deformation, silicone, polyurethane, elasticity, encapsulated, electrodes, coating layer, apnea, implant device, lateral pharyngeal, air passageway, PVDF structure
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