Nonlinear analysis of ionic polymer–metal composite beams using the von Kármán strains Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 Elsevier Ltd In this study, nonlinear analysis of ionic polymer–metal composite (IPMC) strips using the Euler–Bernoulli beam theory with the von Kármán nonlinear strain is presented. The governing equations are derived using a variational formulation based on a thermodynamic framework. The nonlinear extensions to the linear theory are made in such a way that the resulting form of the coupling between deformation and solvent concentration remains simple. A hybrid finite element–finite volume numerical solution and a operator-split time stepping scheme are formulated for obtaining numerical solutions of the transient electromechanical response. The model is phenomenological, but it is capable of simulating the transient response of IPMC strips under general loading conditions, and it would be useful in the design of mechanisms with IPMC strips as components. The results of the nonlinear analysis are compared with the corresponding linear results for a cantilever beam like IPMC strip. Significant differences in simulation results of tip deflection, solvent concentration, and beam configurations are observed between the linear and the nonlinear beam theory. The differences are due to coupling between the bending and the axial stiffness as properly formulated in the proposed nonlinear theory.

author list (cited authors)

  • Arumugam, J., & Reddy, J. N.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Arumugam, Jayavel||Reddy, JN

publication date

  • January 2018