By Federico Carpi,Danilo De Rossi,Roy Kornbluh,Ronald Edward Pelrine,Peter Sommer-Larsen

Dielectric Elastomers as Electromechanical Transducers presents a entire and up to date perception into dielectric elastomers; the most promising periods of polymer-based shrewdpermanent fabrics and applied sciences. This know-how can be utilized in a really large diversity of purposes, from robotics and automation to the biomedical field.

The want for greater transducer functionality has led to huge efforts in the direction of the improvement of units hoping on fabrics with intrinsic transduction houses. those fabrics, usually termed as “smart” or “intelligent”, contain greater piezoelectrics and magnetostrictive or shape-memory fabrics. rising electromechanical transduction applied sciences, in line with so-called ElectroActive Polymers (EAP), have received significant awareness. EAP provide the possibility of functionality exceeding different clever fabrics, whereas keeping the associated fee and flexibility inherent to polymer fabrics. in the EAP kin, “dielectric elastomers”, are of specific curiosity as they exhibit stable performance, simplicity of constitution and robustness. Dielectric elastomer transducers are swiftly rising as high-performance “pseudo-muscular” actuators, important for other kinds of projects. additional, as well as actuation, dielectric elastomers have additionally been proven to supply specific chances for more advantageous generator and sensing devices.

Dielectric elastomer transduction is permitting an incredible diversity of recent functions that have been precluded to the other EAP or smart-material know-how till recently.

This publication offers a entire and up-to-date perception into dielectric elastomer transduction, overlaying all its primary features. The publication bargains with transduction ideas, uncomplicated fabrics houses, layout of effective gadget architectures, fabric and gadget modelling, besides applications.

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  • Guides the reader throughout the most modern advancements in electroactive-polymer-based technology
  • Designed for ease of use with sections on basics, fabrics, units, types and applications

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