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Blanchard, E. D., Smith, M. J. & Nguyen, C. H. (2013). Parameter identification study of frequency response data for a trilayer conjugated polymer actuator displacement model. 2013 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM) (pp. 1102-1107). United States: IEEE.


This article investigates the effect of three uncertain parameters on a model of conjugated polymer actuators. These uncertain parameters are the diffusion coefficient (D), the resistance (R), and the double-layer WKLFNQHVV / 7KH PRGHO VHQVLWLvity to these parameters is analyzed and a parameter estimation study is performed using artificially generated data as well as laboratory yielded experimental measurements. The parameter estimation method used in this article is based on a Bayesian cost function, and gives us an insight on how much the estimation can be trusted, which is useful information for the design of controllers. Results indicate that for stochastic controllers to be designed effectively using this model, the resistance is the best known parameter and should therefore be designed for with greater confidence in its value, while the controller should be more robust with respect to the diffusion coefficient and the doublelayer thickness. However, significant discrepancies between the model and its reduced form used for control purposes seem to indicate that a better suited model would be needed to start developing stochastic controllers.



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