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TitleSmart dielectric elastomers and their potential for biodevices
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGisby, T.A., Anderson I.A., Calius E.P., and Xie S.
Conference NameBIODEVICES 2008 - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices
Date Published2008
KeywordsActuation technologies, Actuators, Artificial muscles, Bio devices, Biocompatible materials, Biological materials, Dielectric elastomers, Digital arithmetic, Elastomers, Electromechanical devices, Excellent performances, Multiple functions, Muscle, New technologies, Plastics, Polymers, Power generators, Rubber, Single elements, Smart structures, Specific energy densities, Ultra lights
AbstractDielectric Elastomer (DE) actuators are compliant, ultra light-weight electromechanical devices that can be used as actuators, sensors, and power generators. While a relatively new technology, DE actuators can be produced using biocompatible materials and have already exhibited excellent performance in terms of strain, speed, pressure, specific energy density, and efficiency when compared to conventional actuation technologies and natural muscle. Further research is required in order for promising laboratory results to be translated into real-world applications, particularly in the areas of modelling and control, but the potential for multiple functions to be integrated into a single element is an exciting prospect for flexible smart structures and biodevices.

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