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Large response photo-activated polymer gel actuator
Author(s): M. Banister
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Paper Abstract

One drawback of Electro Active Polymer (EAP) materials for industrial actuation purposes is that the power needed to scale up the technology is prohibitive both in the sheer magnitude and cost. The development of a reversible ionic photo-activated polymer (IPAP) actuator material is a way to circumvent the prohibitive power needs and gain industrial acceptance of polymer actuator materials. By doping electro active or ionic polymers with photo reversible ionic sources it is possible to create similar response characteristics to that of ionic EAP actuators. The power needed to drive a single light source would inherently be much less that needed to drive individual EAP actuators as size of application increased, this reduction in power would also be multiplied by the number of actuators in a given system. It is also theorized that the speed of actuation cycles would be increased by diffuse irradiation throughout the material. Even more attractive is the possibility of the material being activated from natural daylight irradiation and the need for electrical power eliminated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2007
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6524, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2007, 65240O (4 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.715754
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M. Banister, Medipacs, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6524:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2007
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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