Prof. Geoffrey M. Spinks
Materials Engineering Discipline Advisor at Univ of Wollongong
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Conference Co-Chair | Author | Instructor
Publications (43)

Proceedings Article | 29 March 2019
Proc. SPIE. 10966, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXI
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Mechanics, Polymers, Testing and analysis, Shape memory alloys, Artificial muscles

Proceedings Article | 29 March 2019
Proc. SPIE. 10966, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXI
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Polyurethane, Polymers, Molecules, Composites, Process modeling, Artificial muscles, Molecular photonics, Absorption

Proceedings Article | 27 March 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10594, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XX
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Polymers, Composites, Niobium, Artificial muscles

Proceedings Article | 10 May 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10163, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Sensors, Electrodes, Dielectrics, Interfaces, Ions, Capacitance, Polymer thin films, Electroactive polymers, Stretchable circuits

Proceedings Article | 10 May 2017
Proc. SPIE. 10163, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017
KEYWORDS: Actuators, Electronics, Sensors, Polymers, Materials processing, Robotics, 3D printing, Biomimetics, Artificial muscles, Polymeric sensors

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Conference Committee Involvement (5)
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXII
26 April 2020 | Anaheim, California, United States
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XXI
4 March 2019 | Denver, Colorado, United States
Smart Materials III
13 December 2004 | Sydney, Australia
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
3 March 2003 | San Diego, California, United States
Transducing Materials and Devices
31 October 2002 | Bruges, Belgium
Course Instructor
SC634: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices
This course will provide an overview of the field of EAP covering the state of the art, challenges and potential. Three general classes of polymer materials are described, namely those that involve ionic mechanisms (Ionic EAP including gels), field activated materials (Electronic EAP) and torsional actuators (typically thermally or electrothermally driven). The basic mechanisms responsible for the active behavior of EAP materials will be covered and compared with natural muscles. Analytical models, fabrication processes and methods of characterizing these materials will be described. Moreover, the currently considered applications will be reviewed including actuators, robotics, animatronics, energy harvesting, medical, and biologically inspired mechanisms, so called biomimetics. The course begins with an overview of the field, current capabilities, potential and challenges. The course follows with a description of the currently available EAP materials and principles of operating them as actuators and artificial muscles. The course ends with a review of the future prospect of EAP as actuators and sensors in systems, mechanisms and smart structures for industrial and medical applications.
SC125: Electroactive Polymers (EAP) Actuators and Devices
This course provides an overview of EAP--the state of the art, challenges and potential. The materials used for the two major categories, ionic and electronic types, are explained. The basic mechanisms responsible for the electroactive behavior of EAP materials are compared with natural muscles. Analytical models, fabrication processes and how to characterize these materials are described. Current applications are reviewed including actuators, robotics, animatronics, medical, and biologically inspired mechanisms, called biomimetics. The course ends with a discussion of the future prospects of EAP as actuators in systems, mechanisms and smart structures for space, industrial and medical applications.
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