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Designing components using smartMOVE electroactive polymer technology
Author(s): Marcus Rosenthal; Chris Weaber; Ilya Polyakov; Al Zarrabi; Peter Gise
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Paper Abstract

Designing components using SmartMOVETM electroactive polymer technology requires an understanding of the basic operation principles and the necessary design tools for integration into actuator, sensor and energy generation applications. Artificial Muscle, Inc. is collaborating with OEMs to develop customized solutions for their applications using smartMOVE. SmartMOVE is an advanced and elegant way to obtain almost any kind of movement using dielectric elastomer electroactive polymers. Integration of this technology offers the unique capability to create highly precise and customized motion for devices and systems that require actuation. Applications of SmartMOVE include linear actuators for medical, consumer and industrial applications, such as pumps, valves, optical or haptic devices. This paper will present design guidelines for selecting a smartMOVE actuator design to match the stroke, force, power, size, speed, environmental and reliability requirements for a range of applications. Power supply and controller design and selection will also be introduced. An overview of some of the most versatile configuration options will be presented with performance comparisons. A case example will include the selection, optimization, and performance overview of a smartMOVE actuator for the cell phone camera auto-focus and proportional valve applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6927, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008, 692704 (29 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.782124
Show Author Affiliations
Marcus Rosenthal, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)
Chris Weaber, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)
Ilya Polyakov, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)
Al Zarrabi, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)
Peter Gise, Artificial Muscle, Inc. (United States)

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

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