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Artificial muscles based on electroactive polymers as an enabling tool in biomimetics

Show simple item record Bar-Cohen, Y. 2008-07-14T16:58:03Z 2008-07-14T16:58:03Z 2007-10
dc.identifier.citation Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C-Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science Volume 221, Issue 10, 1149-1156 (2007) doi 10.1243/09544062JMES510 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 06-3615
dc.description.abstract Evolution has resolved many of nature's challenges leading to working and lasting solutions that employ principles of physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, materials science, and many other fields of science and engineering. Nature's inventions have always inspired human achievements leading to effective materials, structures, tools, mechanisms, processes, algorithms, methods, systems, and many other benefits. Some of the technologies that have emerged include artificial intelligence, artificial vision, and artificial muscles, where the latter is the moniker for electroactive polymers (EAPs). To take advantage of these materials and make them practical actuators, efforts are made worldwide to develop capabilities that are critical to the field infrastructure. Researchers are developing analytical model and comprehensive understanding of EAP materials response mechanism as well as effective processing and characterization techniques. The field is still in its emerging state and robust materials are still not readily available; however, in recent years, significant progress has been made and commercial products have already started to appear. In the current paper, the state-of-the-art and challenges to artificial muscles as well as their potential application to biomimetic mechanisms and devices are described and discussed. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Professional Engineering Publishing Ltd en_US
dc.subject electroactive polymers en_US
dc.subject artificial muscles en_US
dc.subject biomimetics en_US
dc.subject robotics en_US
dc.subject biologically inspired technologies en_US
dc.title Artificial muscles based on electroactive polymers as an enabling tool in biomimetics en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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