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Polymer electromechanics: mechanical sensing and actuation properties of organic macromolecular systems
Author(s): Danilo De Rossi
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Paper Abstract

The recent upsurge of research activity in smart materials and structures stresses the interest in materials possessing both direct and inverse electromechanical transduction properties. Three different classes of polymers appear to be particularly interesting in relation to their electromechanical properties: piezoelectric polymers, polyelectrolyte gels and doped electron conducting polymers. In the last decade there has been an impressive growth in research and development in the field of sensor technology. Some advances have also occurred, albeit less substantial, in the field of actuation. Although the largest part of the new physical sensors and actuators make use of inorganic materials and transduction elements, increasing attention is nowadays being paid to functional polymers. In this paper the sensing and actuation properties of these polymers are briefly discussed.

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Date Published: 13 September 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2361, Second European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, (13 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184822
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Danilo De Rossi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2361:
Second European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials
Alaster McDonach; Peter T. Gardiner; Ron S. McEwen; Brian Culshaw, Editor(s)

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