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Representation of a Conceptual Design for a Rectilinear Motion Polymer Actuator

Ja Choon Koo, Kwang Mok Jung, Jong Kil Park, Jae Do Nam, Young Kwan Lee, Jae Wook Jeon, and Hyouk Ryeol Choi*
International Journal of Control, Automation, and Systems, vol. 5, no. 4, pp.429-435, 2007

Abstract : A number of different alternative actuation methods have been under active development for some specific applications where the traditional electromechanical actuators are difficult to apply. Recently, many of these substitutes are trying to employ new smart materials like electroactive polymers. However most of the polymeric materials are flexible and vulnerable so that they normally can not sustain external forces. Although the materials have shown a good potential to be used for alternative actuation mechanisms, no tangible industrial application is yet presented because of the reason. A conceptual design for a rectilinear motion actuator using dielectric elastomer is presented in this article. The introduced design concept might enable to produce fairly controllable rectilinear motions for various applications and the presented prototype actuator system is fully packaged in a small unit and controlled by a standard communication interface.

Keyword : Antagonistical drive, dielectric polymer, electroactive polymer, rectilinear motion actuator.

 
 
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