muscles, including resilience, damage tolerance, and large actuation strains Recently, effective electroactive polymers (EAP) were developed that induce. Electroactive polymer (EAP) actuators are electrically responsive materials Thus, they are being studied as ‘artificial muscles’ for a variety of. actuators. The main attractive characteristic of. Electroactive polymers. (EAP) is their operational similarity to biological muscles, particularly their resilience.

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The efforts currently underway to model their nonlinear electromechanical behavior and develop novel experimental techniques to measure and characterize EAP material properties are discussed in Chapter 6.

Modelling is of obvious importance — both for understanding fundamental properties and for predicting performance. Instead, he gives a summary of methods within computational chemistry and polymer modelling. I simply miss an additional chapter by — take an example — a leading Japanese research group. EAP materials are parted into two classes: Since biological muscles are used as a model for the development of EAP actuators, Chapter 2 describes the mechanism of muscles operation and their behavior as actuators.

This book covers EAP from all its key aspects, i. They always had enormous potential, but only now is this potential starting to materialize.

They focus on electrostrictive polymers, mainly PVDF co-polymers, actators shortly describe dielectric elastomer actuators and electrets. Processing techniques, such as ink-jet printing, may potentially be employed to make complete devices that are driven by EAP actuators. The various classes of EAP materials are clearly classified according to their mechanism of actuation, and an effort is done to survey the weakness and strengths of the various polymer actuator materials and technologies.

Although the dispute itself is somewhat irrelevant for researchers developing polymer actuators, it helps highlighting the resemblance and differences between polymer aftificial and natural muscle behaviour. Marsella from University of California at Riverside describe materials, where huge structural changes occur in a single molecule under activation. A device may be fully produced in 3D detail, thereby allowing rapid prototyping and subsequent mass production possibilities.


Electric and ionic EAP. The reader is guided through the wider area of smart structures and materials. EAP materials have a significant potential to improving our lives. Thus, polymer-based EAP-actuated devices may be fully produced by an ink-jet printing process enabling the rapid implementation of science-fiction ideas e.

The editor himself writes both. Certainly, this is an interesting application and certainly electrorheological fluids are smart materials, but they are not really EAP materials. Virtually every known method of generating displacement is introduced. Also, the editor would like to thank Dr. The beauty of the paper is that it describes the use of the models for simulating complex applications actuxtors a soft micromanipulation device with 6 degrees of freedom.

The advances were not only marked with the first commercial product; there has also been the announcement by the SRI International scientists who are confident they have reached the point that they can now meet the challenge posed by this book’s editor of building a robot arm with artificial muscles that could win an arm wrestling match against a human.

Generally, EAP actuators are highly agile, lightweight, low power, mass producible, inexpensive, and possess an inherent capability to host embedded sensors and microelectromechanical systems MEMS. Richard Claus, VT; Prof. pllymer

Electroactive polymer actuators as artificial muscles: are they ready for bioinspired applications?

It is as pleasure to read these chapters, and I will certainly recommend the book to all who has an interest in this fascinating new technology. This is one single chapter, but it is with good reasons that the editors choose to present it in a separate subtopic.


The next two chapters are more speculative wrtificial nature because the applications they describe have not been realised with EAP actuators yet. A special thanks to Dr. Chapter 3 covers the leading EAP materials and the principles that are responsible for their electroactivity.

Electroactive polymer actuators as artificial muscles: are they ready for bioinspired applications?

This match may occur in the coming years, and the success of a robot against a human opponent will lead to a new era in both making realistic biomimetic robots and implementing engineering designs that are currently considered science fiction. It has more the form of a research paper than a review, but interesting work on dielectric elastomer actuators can be found here.

Thomas give an excellent introduction popymer well as a detailed insight into the structure, mechanism and models for both materials and actuators. Structural reorganisation on the molecular poylmer also occurs in a number of the other technologies, take an example: Marsella is actually a conjugated musclrs system, which also changes volume due to ion and solvent uptake when oxidised or reduced.

Also, the whole field of microfabrication of polymer actuators is sparsely touched on. This performance, combined with the low cost and wide range of manufacturing methods of polymer materials, suggest a wide range of potential applications. Experts in chemistry, materials science, electro-mechanics, robotics, computer science, electronics, and others are working together to develop improved EAP materials, processing techniques, and applications.

This chapter also serve as an excellent introduction to the area. This topic is covered artificual five chapters.