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16 July 2001 Electroactive nonionic poly(vinyl alcohol) gel actuator
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A fast (0.8sec), large (>10%) and reversible deformation of Poly(vinyl alcohol) gel (PVA) swollen with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) upon electric field was realized, and the maximum observed strain reached quite high 27% (DP2100). St-PVA gels were found to exhibit more stable and reversible deformation than at-PVA gels. Furthermore, we have studied the macroscopic structure of PVA/DMSO gels and its influence on their strain exhibition. Four differently structured PVA/DMSO gels, monolayer, circular, triple-layered and porous, were prepared. Monolayer gel exhibited the highly reproducible strain behavior. The mechanism of electric actuation of PVA/DMSO gel is proposed. Then a design of gel mechanical switch is shown, which exhibited the fast response to the electric field with a large, stable and reversible stretching deformation.
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Suzana Popovic, Chunye Xu, Hirohisa Tamagawa, and Minoru Taya "Electroactive nonionic poly(vinyl alcohol) gel actuator", Proc. SPIE 4329, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices, (16 July 2001);

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