This work was financially supported in part by the Office of Naval Research, ONR Contract No. N00 014-05-C-0005, through SRI International. We thank Roy Kornbluh and Dr. Harsha Prahlad of SRI International for valuable discussions.
Interpenetrating Polymer Networks for High-Performance Electroelastomer Artificial Muscles†
Article first published online: 24 MAR 2006
Copyright © 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 18, Issue 7, pages 887–891, April, 2006
How to Cite
Ha, S. M., Yuan, W., Pei, Q., Pelrine, R. and Stanford, S. (2006), Interpenetrating Polymer Networks for High-Performance Electroelastomer Artificial Muscles. Adv. Mater., 18: 887–891. doi: 10.1002/adma.200502437
- Issue published online: 24 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 24 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 JAN 2006
- Manuscript Received: 14 NOV 2005
- Electroactive materials;
- Interpenetrating polymer networks;
- Polymeric materials
New interpenetrating elastomeric networks have been prepared in which the high tension in the first network is balanced by the compression of the second network. The composite films exhibit high electrically induced strain without need for any external mechanical prestraining. Strains of up to 233% in terms of area expansion have been obtained at an electrical field of 300 MV m–1. These new electroelastomers may have applications as actuators (see figure) and artificial muscles.