Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XII


EAP-in-Action Session, March 8, 2010


Moderator: Conference Chair: Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab.



Topic of demo


Artificial Muscle, Inc. (AMI): Marcus Rosenthal, James Biggs, and Al Zarrabi

Reflex™ haptic feedback technology – Platforms for consumer electronics including touch screen devices and gaming controllers driven by dielectric elastomer EPAM

National Braille Press: Deane Blazie and Noel Runyan

Commercial Active Braille displays

Ras Labs, LLC: Lenore Rasmussen

Contractile EAPs (1) Contractile EAPs with low electric input; (2) EAPs capable of contraction-expansion cycles.


UCLA: Qibing Pei, Zhibin Yu, Paul Brochu, Xiaofan Niu, Wei Yuan, and Huafeng Li,

Bi-stable electroactive polymers (BSEP)



Harbin Institute of Technology:

Jinsong Leng

1. Tactile display using stacked dielectric elastomer - 8×8 matrix tactile display cells actuated by stacked dielectric elastomer with mechanical load-transmitting and voltage control systems

2. Braille printer using refreshable shape-memory polymer (SMP) paper - Using thermosetting SMP paper Braille text is printed in refreshable form.

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Danfoss PolyPower A/S - HansErik Kiil & Mike Tryson


Demos actuated by PolyPower dielectric EAP films – (1) High Strain PolyPower Films (>100%), (2) fluid control system using EAP actuators, (3) vibration isolation & (4) force sensor array.

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University of Pisa, Research Centre “E. Piaggio”: Federico Carpi,

Hydrostatically coupled dielectric elastomer actuators - A fluid is used to hydrostatically transfer forces to a load without direct contact with active elements offering improved safety and higher versatility.


New Zealand

The Auckland Bioengineering Institute's Biomimetics Lab: Iain Anderson Emilio Calius, Todd Gisby, Thomas McKay and Ben O’Brien

Dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) - demonstrations of actuation, sensing and control

1) Capacitive, high specific torque rotary motor

2) Biomimetic multi-segment DEA spherical rotor

3) 4-channel EAP controller

4)  Other self-sensing and DEA-based demonstrations focusing on bio-inspired DEA

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