Chapter 1. Polymer Gel Actuators: Fundamentals

  1. Federico Carpi2 and
  2. Elisabeth Smela3
  1. Paul Calvert

Published Online: 20 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch1

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

How to Cite

Calvert, P. (2009) Polymer Gel Actuators: Fundamentals, in Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators (eds F. Carpi and E. Smela), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Interdepartmental Research Centre “E. Piaggio”, School of Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

  2. 3

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470773055

Online ISBN: 9780470744697

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Keywords:

  • polymer gel actuators - fundamentals;
  • biological gels and multi-phase gels;
  • chemical and physical formation of gels;
  • actuation methods;
  • chemically driven gel actuators;
  • electro- and magneto-rheological composites;
  • gel performance as actuators;
  • electroactive gel applications;
  • gel drug delivery;
  • biomedical applications of electroactive polymer actuators

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Historical Overview

  • Properties of Gels

  • Chemical and Physical Formation of Gels

  • Actuation Methods

  • Performance of Gels as Actuators

  • Applications of Electroactive Gels

  • Conclusions

  • References