Chapter 16. Piezoelectric and Electrostrictive Polymer Actuators: Fundamentals

  1. Federico Carpi3 and
  2. Elisabeth Smela4
  1. Zhimin Li1 and
  2. Zhongyang Cheng2

Published Online: 20 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch16

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

How to Cite

Li, Z. and Cheng, Z. (2009) Piezoelectric and Electrostrictive Polymer 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.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 3

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

  2. 4

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Auburn University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    Materials Research and Education Center, Alkermes Inc., Auburn, Alabama, 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:

  • piezoelectric and electrostrictive polymer actuators;
  • electromechanical (E-M) effect;
  • electroactive polymers (EAPs);
  • microelectromechanical systems/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS);
  • piezoelectric coefficient;
  • Hook's law;
  • Neumann's principle;
  • electrostrictive effect;
  • isotropic polymer

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Fundamentals of Electromechanical Materials

  • Material Properties Related to Electromechanical Applications

  • Typical Electromechanical Polymers and Their Properties

  • Conclusions

  • References