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Spring roll dielectric elastomer actuators for a portable force feedback glove
Author(s): Rui Zhang; Patrick Lochmatter; Andreas Kunz; Gabor M. Kovacs
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Paper Abstract

Miniature spring roll dielectric elastomer actuators for a novel kinematic-free force feedback concept were manufactured and experimentally characterized. The actuators exhibited a maximum blocking force of 7.2 N and a displacement of 5 mm. The theoretical considerations based on the material's incompressibility were discussed in order to estimate the actuator behavior under blocked-strain activation and free-strain activation. One prototype was built for the demonstration of the proposed force feedback concept.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6168, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 61681T (22 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.658524
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Rui Zhang, Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing and Research (Switzerland)
Patrick Lochmatter, Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing and Research (Switzerland)
Andreas Kunz, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)
Gabor M. Kovacs, Swiss Federal Labs. for Materials Testing and Research (Switzerland)


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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