15 April 2016 Fish-skeleton visualization of bending actuators
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We present a novel experimental method for qualitative visualization and quantitative characterization of the time-dependent behavior of bending ionic electroactive polymer actuators. The thin fibers, attached to the actuator, represent the surface normal at the given points of the bending actuator. The structure, formed by the skeleton of many adjacent fibers, amplifies the visual overview about the whole actuator. The four coordinates formed by four tips of two fibers enable determining the axial as well as the bending strains of a bending actuator.
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Sunjai Nakshatharan, Sunjai Nakshatharan, Andres Punning, Andres Punning, Siim Assi, Siim Assi, Urmas Johanson, Urmas Johanson, Alvo Aabloo, Alvo Aabloo, "Fish-skeleton visualization of bending actuators", Proc. SPIE 9798, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016, 97981P (15 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219026; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2219026
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