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Emulation of electroactive polymers

Blauw, A.W (2020) Emulation of electroactive polymers.

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Abstract:To emulate the electroactive polymers, different actuators have been compared in order to find the most suitable emulator. By using literature research, nitinol wire seemed to be the most suitable. Mainly because of its way of actuation and similarity of actuation. Also, this wire is widely available which makes it easier to test and tinker with. To characterize nitinol wire, a test setup was made which had to be able to actuate as well as measure the force which is created by the nitinol wire. Not only the force was measured but also the current, voltage and temperature in order to get a clear vision of the characteristics of nitinol wire. The force was measured with loose straight wires with different diameter, a different shape (a spring shape in the case of this paper) and a way of knitting the nitinol wire into the fabric. Next to these quantitative measurements, some qualitative measurements were taken, to research if the actuation was perceivable for a human to feel.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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