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Study on actuating mode shapes of electro-active paper
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Paper Abstract

This paper focuses on actuating mode shapes of cellulose-based electro-active paper (EAPap) in order to investigate its suitability as actuators. Firstly, actuating mechanism of EAPap is addressed based on intrinsic characteristics of cellulose structures under electric fields. EAPap actuator is then fabricated by embedding gold as electrodes into both sides of cellophane sheets. Actuating mode shapes under electric fields are phenomenological measured via laser scanning vibrometer at different exciting frequencies as well as relative humidity. Various actuating performances with large deformations are obtained by applying low electric fields, which can produce a suitable deformation capability with light weight, low power consumption and simple fabrication. Experimental results provide that EAPap can be used as a potential actuating candidate for shape control of smart structures, along with bio-inspired actuator materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6168, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 61680O (17 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.658445
Show Author Affiliations
Mannur J. Sundaresan, North Carolina A&T State Univ. (United States)
Yongkun Park, Myongji College (South Korea)
William J. Craft, North Carolina A&T State Univ. (United States)
Jag Sankar, North Carolina A&T State Univ. (United States)
Jaehwan Kim, Inha Univ. (South Korea)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6168:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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