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A3D gel actuator-limitation and prospects of CNT actuators for industrial use

A view on a simple actuator design for mass producible CNT actuators
 
: Kolaric, Ivica; Addinall, Raphael; Kosidlo, Urszula

Research Institute for Cell Engineering; National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology -AIST-, Japan; RIKEN Advanced Science Institute:
4th Conference on Artificial Muscles, 5th World Congress on Biomimetics, Artificial Muscles and Nano-Bio 2009 : November 25-27, 2009, Osaka, Japan
Osaka, 2009
1 pp.
Conference of Artificial Muscles <4, 2009, Osaka>
World Congress on Biomimetics, Artificial Muscles and Nano-Bio <5, 2009, Osaka>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Carbon Nanotube (CNT); Actuator; Antrieb

Abstract
Carbon Nanotube Actuators have promising properties for a novel class of low voltage and soft actuators. However the production process for the actuators woll beintroduced followed by the definition of their main drawbacks from the point of view of industrialization. A potential solution in the form of an active/actuating 3D CNT gel system (A3D-gel) was proposed at Stuttgart NanoDays 2009 where assumptions of the system functionality and its advantages were given with the main benefit being the incrase in reproducibility through system and manufacturing simplification and automation. This system was improved in terms of mechanical stiffness and the latest results as well as potential applications will be shown within the talk.

: http://publica.fraunhofer.de/documents/N-120610.html