13 March 2003 Dielectric elastomer planar actuators for small-scale applications
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A dielectric elastomer planar actuator consists of a polymeric film included between two compliant electrodes. A voltage difference applied between the electrodes generates an electrostatic pressure which compresses the flim thickness and expands its surface. The high performances and low costs of dielectric elastometers, belonging to the class of electroactive polymers, suggest their advantageous use for the actuation of small scale devices. The following figures present some possible simple applications of such actuators.
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Federico Carpi, P. Chiarelli, Andrea Mazzoldi, Danilo De Rossi, "Dielectric elastomer planar actuators for small-scale applications", Proc. SPIE 4763, European Workshop on Smart Structures in Engineering and Technology, (13 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.508694; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.508694

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