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Novel carbon nanotube-polymer actuators and their characteristics

: Kosidlo, U.; Weis, D.G.; Moosmann, M.; Hofmann, M.; Schnepf, A.; Kolaric, I.

Borgmann, H. ; Messe und Ausstellungs-GmbH, Bremen:
Actuator 2008. 11th International Conference on New Actuators & 5th International Exhibition on Smart Actuators and Drive Systems. Proceedings : 9-11 June 2008, Bremen, Germany; Conference proceedings
Bremen: HVG, Division Messe Bremen, 2008
ISBN: 3-933339-10-3
International Conference on New Actuators <11, 2008, Bremen>
International Exhibition on Smart Actuators and Drive Systems <5, 2008, Bremen>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer TEG ()
Carbon Nanotube (CNT); actuator; Antrieb

Carbon nanotube-polymer composite actuators are new class of active systems that can easily overcome drawbacks pf bucky papers. In such a composite, carbon nanotubes are use as an active material embedded together with an electrolyte in the polymer matrix. Such a combination of materials aloows operation of actuator at room conditions, without immersion in the electrolyte bath, what gives them the name "dry" actuators. Results of experimental investigations have shown the improvements achieved throughout the development process focusing on both displacement amplitude and the force generated by the actuator structure. Latest results of this characteristic features are showing the possibility of implementation of dry actuators in the micro-system products.