Introduction - History of dielectric elastomer actuators
Section I - Fundamentals
1. Electromechanical transduction effects in dielectric elastomers: actuation, sensing, stiffness modulation and electric energy generation (R. Pelrine and R. Kornbluh)
2. Dielectric elastomers as high-performance electroactive polymers (J. Madden)
Section II - Materials
3. Physical and chemical properties of dielectric elastomers (A. Ladegaard Larsen and P. Sommer-Larsen)
4. High-performance acrylic and silicone elastomers (R. Kornbluh and R. Pelrine)
5. Interpenetrating polymer networks as high performance dielectric elastomers (S. Mok Ha, W. Yuan, Q. Pei, R. Pelrine and S. Stanford)
6. Enhancing the dielectric permittivity of elastomers (F. Carpi, G. Gallone, F. Galantini and D. De Rossi)
7. Compliant electrodes: solutions, materials and technologies (G. Kofod and P. Sommer-Larsen)
Section III - Devices
8. Fundamental configurations for dielectric elastomer actuators (R. Kornbluh)
9. Multiple-degrees-of-freedom roll actuators (M.A. Rosenthal and Q. Pei)
10. Actuators and sensors from dielectric elastomer with smart compliant electrodes (P. Sommer-Larsen and M. Benslimane)
11. Multilayer stack contractile actuators (H.F. Schlaak, P. Lotz and M. Matysek)
12. Contractile monolithic linear actuators (F. Carpi and D. De Rossi)
13. Buckling actuators with integrated displacement sensor (F. Carpi, G. Fantoni, G. Frediani and D. De Rossi)
14. Variable stiffness mode: devices and applications (R. Pelrine)
15. Generator mode: devices and applications (R. Pelrine and H. Prahlad)
Section IV - Models
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Federico Carpi received the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering in 2001 and the Ph.D degree in Bioengineering in 2005 from the University of Pisa, Italy. He currently has a post-doctoral position at the Interdepartmental Research Centre “E. Piaggio” of the University of Pisa. His main research activities are focused on polymer materials and devices for biomedical engineering and robotics.
Danilo Emilio De Rossi received the Laurea degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Genoa in 1976. He was researcher of the Institute of Clinical Physiology of C.N.R., Italy until 1981. Since 1982 he has been working in the School of Engineering of the University of Pisa, where he is presently Full Professor of Bioengineering. His scientific activities are related to the physics of organic and polymeric materials, and to the design of sensors and actuators for bioengineering and robotics.
Roy Kornbluh is a Senior Research Engineer at SRI International, where he has worked for the past 20 years. Recognizing the need for a new generation of robotic actuators, Mr. Kornbluh helped conceive dielectric elastomer artificial muscle. He has authored more than 40 papers on dielectric elastomers and is active in the electroactive polymer research community.
Ron Pelrine is a principal inventor of dielectric elastomer transducers and has been active in the field since 1992. Along with other researchers at SRI International, Dr. Pelrine laid the foundations of dielectric elastomer transduction, and was the first to discover both silicone and acrylic as dielectric elastomer materials.