SPIE EAPAD Conf. EAP-in-Action demos and wrestling arms,

Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA, March 19, 2007 at 4:30 PM

Session 3 EAP-in-Action: Moderator - Yoseph Bar-Cohen, JPL

3:10 to 4:30      Preparation for the EAP-in-Action Session

4:30 to 5:45      Wrestling challenge contest and EAP-in-Action Session


This Session is intended to turn the spotlight on Electroactive Polymers (EAP) materials and their applications as well as increase the recognition of their potential.   It offers a forum of interaction between the technology developers and potential users as well as "hands-on" experience with this emerging technology.  The attendees are given a great opportunity to see the capability of state-of-the-art of EAP as potential actuators-of-choice.  The Session consists of EAP Armwrestling Contest and demonstrations of EAP actuators and devices. In the wrestling contest in 2007 we are going to have the participation of a student group from Toronto. The capability of this arm will be gauged for speed and force and compared to the baseline that was established in the 2006 EAPADs Armwrestling Contest.  Also, we are going to have five research and industry presenters demonstrating their latest EAP actuators and devices.  The affiliation of the presenters includes Artificial Muscle, Inc.; Empa - Materials Science & Technology, Switzerland; Ras Labs, L.L.C., Intelligent Materials for Prosthetics & Automation; SRI International; University of Pisa, Research Centre E. Piaggio, Italy; and Hyper Drive Corporation, Japan.


EAP Demonstrations





Federico Carpi


Institution: University of Pisa, Research Centre E. Piaggio, Italy    f.carpi@ing.unipi.it

     Contractile folded dielectric elastomer actuators

     Buckling dielectric elastomer actuators

Roy Kornbluh

SRI International roy.kornbluh@sri.com

An EAP generator

Silvain Michel

Head Electro Active Polymers, Empa - Materials Science & Technology, Switzerland



A large blimp will fly indoor and steered by EAP-actuated controlled surfaces

Lenore Rasmussen

Owner & Scientist, Intelligent Materials for Prosthetics & Automation, Ras Labs, L.L.C., raslabs@patmedia.net



Electroactive Polymer Materials: Beauty in Motion

Charlie Duncheon


Executive VP Sales and Marketing, Artificial Muscle, Inc., (650) 331-2895



     The first high volume standard commercial product - DLP95 lens positioner

     Standard Universal Muscle Actuator platform

     UMA based prototype products (including proportional valve)

Hyper Drive Corporation

Seiki Chiba, SRI International,

Park Side House 8F, 2 Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku

Tokyo 102-0082, Japan, TEL: 81-3-5211-8511/8512, FAX: 81-3-5211-8524



Mikio Waki, Hyper Drive Corporation, Motters 111, 5-10-5, Shimo-Ochiai, Chuo-ku, Saitama-city, Saitama pre., 338-0002, Japan, TEL: 81-48-747-7052, FAX: 81-48-747-7053

Roy Kornbluh, SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, TEL: 650-859-2527, FAX: 650-859-5510, roy.kornbluh@sri.com

Ron Pelrine, SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, TEL: 303-554-6790, FAX: 303-554-6799, ron.pelrine@sri.com

New commercial EAP actuated prototypes will be shown including loudspeaker and generator powering a wireless communication device.




EPAM generation and Wireless



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