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Electroactive polymer actuators and devices
Author(s): Steven G. Wax; Randall R. Sands
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Paper Abstract

The application of electroactive polymers (EAP) for mechanical actuation is discussed. A comparison is made between established actuation technologies and polymer actuators. In addition, mammalian muscle properties are compared to some of the observed polymer actuation properties. This paper attempts to analyze actuator performance metrics, as set for current technologies, to determine the feasibility of electroactive polymer actuators in various applications. In this analysis, different mechanical design approaches are reviewed for possible use in EAP actuator applications. Examples of EAP microactuators are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3669, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices, (28 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.349666
Show Author Affiliations
Steven G. Wax, DARPA (United States)
Randall R. Sands, Consultant (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3669:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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