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11 March 2003 Enabling novel space and terrestrial applications using transducing materials at JPL
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Proceedings Volume 4946, Transducing Materials and Devices; (2003)
Event: Photonics Fabrication Europe, 2002, Bruges, Belgium
Transducing materials are being used in many aspects of our daily life serving as actuators, sensors, displays, communications and other components of commercial mechanisms. At JPL, such materials are being used to enable novel space and terrestrial applications. This effort involves mostly the use of piezoelectric, electroactive polymers (EAP), and shape memory alloys (SMA). The piezoelectric based devices and mechanisms that were developed include ultrasonic motors, piezopump, ultrasonic/sonic driller/corer (USDC), and ferrosource. Further, the electroactive polymers were used to demonstrate a gripper, wiper, lifter and haptic interfaces. The research and develop tasks consists analytical modeling, experimental corroboration, material characterization as well as device and mechanisms design, construction and demonstration. This effort is multidisciplinary requiring expertise that is complemented through international cooperation. The research team activity will be reviewed in this paper.
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Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Stewart Sherrit, Xiaoqi Bao, and Zensheu Chang "Enabling novel space and terrestrial applications using transducing materials at JPL", Proc. SPIE 4946, Transducing Materials and Devices, (11 March 2003);

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