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Artificial Muscles: Dielectric Electroactive Polymer-Based Actuation

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1 Author(s)
Jones, R.W. ; Mads Clausen Inst. for Product Innovation, Southern Denmark Univ., Denmark

For decades both material scientists and engineers have sought to find an artificial equivalent of muscle to help in the development of new transducer technology. A specific class of electroactive polymers (EAP) known as `dielectric elastomers' have demonstrated most potential because they can undergo large deformation, have a high energy density and a relatively fast response. This contribution introduces dielectric elastomers and discusses the research challenges that need to be addressed before the full potential of the actuator technology can be realized.

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Computer and Electrical Engineering, 2009. ICCEE '09. Second International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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28-30 Dec. 2009