1 April 2015 Electrical properties of nanoscale metallic thin films on dielectric elastomer at various strain rates
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Dielectric elastomers (DEs) have significant applications in artificial muscle and other biomedical equipment and device fabrications. Metallic thin films by thin film transfer and sputter coating techniques can provide conductive surfaces on the DE samples, and can be used as electrodes for the actuators and other biomedical sensing devices. In the present study, 3M VHB 4910 tape was used as a DE for the coating and electrical characterization tests. A 150 nm thickness of gold was coated on the DE surfaces by sputter coating under vacuum with different pre-strains, ranging from 0 to 100%. Some of the thin films were transferred to the surface of the DEs. Sputter coating, and direct transferring gold leaf coating methods were studied and the results were analyzed in detail in terms of the strain rates and electrical resistivity changes. Initial studies indicated that the metallic surfaces remain conductive even though the DE films were considerably elongated. The coated DEs can be used as artificial muscle by applying electrical stimulation through the conductive surfaces. This study may provide great benefits to the readers, researchers, as well as companies involved in manufacturing of artificial muscles and actuators using smart materials.
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Md. Shahnewaz Sabit Faisal, Md. Shahnewaz Sabit Faisal, Zhihang Ye, Zhihang Ye, Zheng Chen, Zheng Chen, Ramazan Asmatulu, Ramazan Asmatulu, "Electrical properties of nanoscale metallic thin films on dielectric elastomer at various strain rates", Proc. SPIE 9430, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015, 943031 (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2179006; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2179006

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