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Scalable synthetic muscle actuator
Author(s): Stephen M. Bobbio; Michael A. Pennington; Stephen W. Smith; Jason M. Zara; Harry J. Leamy; John A. Hudak; Jennifer Pagan; Paul C. Elliot
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Paper Abstract

We will discuss our work to build, characterize, and scale- up a metallized plastic muscle-like actuator called a Spiral Wound Transducer (SWT). Prototype SWTs have been built using microelectronics fabrication methods. The prototypes have demonstrated large amplitude motion and analog response. The prototypes, though small, have demonstrated forces equivalent to 12 grams for compressions of more than 15 percent at 30 Hz. The size of the SWTs is essentially unrestricted. Our work with commercially available metallized Mylar films to produce much larger, more powerful, and lower cost SWT devices will also be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 June 2000
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3990, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Smart Electronics and MEMS, (21 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388898
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Stephen M. Bobbio, Univ. of North Carolina/Charlotte (United States)
Michael A. Pennington, Integrated Electronic Innovations Inc. (United States)
Stephen W. Smith, Duke Univ. (United States)
Jason M. Zara, Duke Univ. (United States)
Harry J. Leamy, Univ. of North Carolina/Charlotte (United States)
John A. Hudak, Univ. of North Carolina/Charlotte (United States)
Jennifer Pagan, Univ. of North Carolina/Charlotte (United States)
Paul C. Elliot, Univ. of North Carolina/Charlotte (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3990:
Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Smart Electronics and MEMS
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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