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Dielectric elastomer planar actuators for small-scale applications
Author(s): Federico Carpi; P. Chiarelli; Andrea Mazzoldi; Danilo De Rossi
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Paper Abstract

A dielectric elastomer planar actuator consists of a polymeric film included between two compliant electrodes. A voltage difference applied between the electrodes generates an electrostatic pressure which compresses the flim thickness and expands its surface. The high performances and low costs of dielectric elastometers, belonging to the class of electroactive polymers, suggest their advantageous use for the actuation of small scale devices. The following figures present some possible simple applications of such actuators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 March 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4763, European Workshop on Smart Structures in Engineering and Technology, (13 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.508694
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Federico Carpi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology (Italy)
P. Chiarelli, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology (Italy)
Andrea Mazzoldi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology (Italy)
Danilo De Rossi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
CNR Institute of Clinical Physiology (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4763:
European Workshop on Smart Structures in Engineering and Technology
Brian Culshaw, Editor(s)

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