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Considerations for contractile electroactive materials and actuators
Author(s): Lenore Rasmussen; David Schramm; Lewis D. Meixler; Charles A. Gentile; George Ascione; Carl Tilson; Kelsey Pagdon
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Paper Abstract

Ras Labs produces electroactive polymer (EAP) based materials and actuators that bend, swell, ripple, and now contract (new development) with low electric input. In addition, Ras Labs produces EAP materials that quickly contract and expand, repeatedly, by reversing the polarity of the electric input. These recent developments are important attributes in the field of electroactivity because of the ability of contraction and contraction-expansion to produce biomimetric motion. The mechanism of contraction is not well understood. Radionuclide-labeled experiments were conducted to determine the mechanisms during contraction of these EAPs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7642, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2010, 76420Z (9 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847176
Show Author Affiliations
Lenore Rasmussen, Ras Labs, LLC (United States)
David Schramm, Ras Labs, LLC (United States)
Lewis D. Meixler, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (United States)
Charles A. Gentile, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (United States)
George Ascione, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (United States)
Carl Tilson, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (United States)
Kelsey Pagdon, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7642:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2010
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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