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8 March 2014 Soft silicone based interpenetrating networks as materials for actuators
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A new approach based on silicone interpenetrating networks with orthogonal chemistries has been investigated with focus on developing soft and flexible elastomers with high energy densities and small viscous losses. The interpenetrating networks are made as simple two pot mixtures as for the commercial available silylation based elastomers such as Elastosil RT625. The resulting interpenetrating networks are formulated to be softer than RT625 to increase the actuation caused when applying a voltage due to their softness combined with the significantly higher permittivity than the pure silicone elastomers.
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Liyun Yu, Lidia Burdalo Gonzalez, Søren Hvilsted, and Anne Ladegaard Skov "Soft silicone based interpenetrating networks as materials for actuators", Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 90560C (8 March 2014);

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