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Actuation performance of conducting shape memory polyurethane actuators
Author(s): Il Hyun Paik; Nam Seo Goo; Yong Chae Jung; Jae Whan Cho
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the actuation performance of a conducting shape memory polyurethane (CSMPU) actuator. We introduced a concept of shape memory polyurethane activated by electric power in 2004, while conventional shape memory polyurethanes are activated by external heat source. A conducting shape memory polyurethane actuator was manufactured by adding carbon nano-tube to conventional shape memory polyurethane. The main problem of the previous CSMPU was bad dispersion of carbon nano-tubes in polyurethane. In this paper, we have tried to find manufacturing method to solve the dispersion problem. With a lot of elaborative works, we have developed conducting shape memory polyurethane actuator with good electrical performance. The actuation performance of the developed conducting shape memory polyurethane actuator was measured and assessed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5764, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (17 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.599569
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Il Hyun Paik, Konkuk Univ. (South Korea)
Nam Seo Goo, Konkuk Univ. (South Korea)
Yong Chae Jung, Konkuk Univ. (South Korea)
Jae Whan Cho, Konkuk Univ. (South Korea)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5764:
Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Alison B. Flatau, Editor(s)

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