Adaptive Control for Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuators

Xinkai Chen, Chun Yi Su

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This paper discusses the modeling and control of the ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuators which have many promising applications in biomechatronics. A novel mathematical model in continuous-time domain of the IPMC actuator, being a stable second-order dynamical system preceded by a nonlinear hysteresis representation, is proposed. An adaptive controller is formulated for the IPMC actuator based on the proposed model. The proposed adaptive control law ensures the global stability of the controlled IPMC system, and the position error of the IPMC actuator can be theoretically guaranteed to converge to zero. The effectiveness of the proposed model and the superiority of the proposed control to the traditional proportional-integral-derivative control are verified by experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7414461
Pages (from-to)1468-1477
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct


  • Adaptive control
  • hysteresis
  • ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC)
  • smart material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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