9 April 2010 Considerations for contractile electroactive materials and actuators
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Ras Labs produces electroactive polymer (EAP) based materials and actuators that bend, swell, ripple, and now contract (new development) with low electric input. In addition, Ras Labs produces EAP materials that quickly contract and expand, repeatedly, by reversing the polarity of the electric input. These recent developments are important attributes in the field of electroactivity because of the ability of contraction and contraction-expansion to produce biomimetric motion. The mechanism of contraction is not well understood. Radionuclide-labeled experiments were conducted to determine the mechanisms during contraction of these EAPs.
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Lenore Rasmussen, David Schramm, Lewis D. Meixler, Charles A. Gentile, George Ascione, Carl Tilson, Kelsey Pagdon, "Considerations for contractile electroactive materials and actuators", Proc. SPIE 7642, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2010, 76420Z (9 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.847176; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.847176
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