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Accomplishments and future trends in the field of electroactive polymers
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Paper Abstract

The paper provides a summary review of the accomplishments and challenges in the field of electroactive polymers (EAP). It consists of three parts. The first part outlines the main classes of EAP, their properties and applications. Efforts to enhance the functional performance of EAP are discussed. The second part summarizes the development and use of electroactive polymer based composites. Challenges, opportunities and future research directions in the field are discussed in the third part. The issues of particular interest concern accurate material characterization of electroactive polymers, their time dependent behavior, constitutive modeling, and cyclic loading effects that determine the long-term functionality, integrity and durability of electroactive polymers. Research efforts in these focus areas are necessary to ensure effective integration of EAP in multifunctional material systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6927, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008, 69270M (10 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776258
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Aleksandra M. Vinogradov, Montana State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6927:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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