Electroactive polymers for robotic applications: Artificial muscles and sensors

Kwang J. Kim, Satoshi Tadokoro

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180 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Electroactive polymers (EAPs) respond to electrical stimulation with large deformations. They are dynamic actuators which have attracted attention from an interdisciplinary audience of engineers and scientists. An enabling EAP technology is emerging which attempts to imitate the properties of natural muscle and which, as a result, can perform a unique function in a variety of biologically-inspired robotics applications. Electroactive Polymers for Robotics Applications covers the fundamental properties, modelling and demonstration of EAPs in robotic applications, focusing particularly on artificial muscles and sensors. Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuators and Dielectric Elastomers are discussed within the book with chapters on their properties and their uses in robotics applications. With its concentration on devices based on EAPs and their uses, Electroactive Polymers for Robotics Applications will be of interest to researchers working within this field as well as to postgraduate students studying robotics or smart materials and structures. Practitioners working in the mechanical, electrical and materials industries will also find this book of value.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages281
ISBN (Print)184628371X, 9781846283710
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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