6 April 2009 Silicone dielectric elastomers filled with carbon nanotubes and actuator
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Dielectric elastomers (DEs) are one particular type of electroactive polymers. The excellent features of merit possessed by dielectric elastomers make them the most performing materials which can be applied in many domains: biomimetics, aerospace, mechanics, medicals, etc. In order to maximize actuator performance, the dielectric elastomer actuators should have a high dielectric constant and high dielectric breakdown strength. In this paper, multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) is used to develop a particulate composite based on silicone elastomer matrix, with dielectric permittivity improved. And the composite is designed to a new configuration of dielectric elastomer actuator to show electrically activated linear contractions. Prototype samples of this folded actuator, along with the fabrication and analysis is discussed here.
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Zhen Zhang, Zhen Zhang, Liwu Liu, Liwu Liu, Gang Deng, Gang Deng, Shouhua Sun, Shouhua Sun, Yanju Liu, Yanju Liu, Jinsong Leng, Jinsong Leng, } "Silicone dielectric elastomers filled with carbon nanotubes and actuator", Proc. SPIE 7287, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2009, 72871V (6 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.815670; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.815670

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