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Feasibility study of actuators and sensors using electroactive polymers reinforced with carbon nanotubes
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Paper Abstract

Electro-active polymers reinforced with carbon nanotubes have attracted many researchers in the recent years. Recent activities in this area show that conducting polymers with carbon nanotubes in an electrolytic medium possess actuation and sensing properties due to the change in bond length in the carbon atoms. However, their applications are limited due to their operation in a wet medium. In this paper, we explore the feasibility of electro-active polymers with dispersed carbon nanotubes that can be used for actuation and sensing in a dry medium like air to make them viable. Different polymer composites are considered for mixing with single-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes manufactured by chemical vapor deposition technique. Various dispersing techniques for aligning the carbon nanotubes like smart blending and chaotic mixing are also explored. The feasibility of actuation and sensing of these composites are verified by experimentation on several macrosystems comprised of these functional nanostructures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 July 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5385, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (27 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.539580
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Arun Ramaratnam, Clemson Univ. (United States)
Nader Jalili, Clemson Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5385:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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