Chapter 21. Biomedical Applications of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators

  1. Federico Carpi3 and
  2. Elisabeth Smela4
  1. John S. Bashkin1,
  2. Roy Kornbluh2,
  3. Harsha Prahlad2 and
  4. Annjoe Wong-Foy2

Published Online: 20 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch21

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

How to Cite

Bashkin, J. S., Kornbluh, R., Prahlad, H. and Wong-Foy, A. (2009) Biomedical Applications of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators, in Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators (eds F. Carpi and E. Smela), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch21

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

    Fremont, CA, USA

  2. 2

    SRI International, 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:

  • biomedical applications of dielectric elastomer actuators;
  • EPAM technology;
  • continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP);
  • universal muscle actuator (UMA);
  • thickness-mode actuation technique;
  • primary configuration;
  • artificial implantable diaphragm;
  • EPAM actuator prototype;
  • micropatterned dielectric elastomer device

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • UMA Based Actuators and Their Application to Pumps

  • Mechanical Stimulation Using Thickness-Mode Actuation

  • Implantable Artificial Diaphragm Muscle

  • Implantable Artificial Facial Muscles

  • Limb Prosthetics and Orthotics

  • Mechanical Actuation for ‘Active’ Cell Culture Assays

  • Conclusions

  • References