Dielectric elastomer actuators with carbon nanotube electrodes painted with a soft brush

Hiroki Shigemune, Shigeki Sugano, Jun Nishitani, Masayuki Yamauchi, Naoki Hosoya, Shuji Hashimoto, Shingo Maeda

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    Abstract

    We propose a simple methodology to paint carbon nanotube (CNT) powder with a soft brush onto an elastomer. A large deformation of dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) occurs according to the small constraint of the electrodes. Uniform painting with a soft brush leads to a stable deformation, as demonstrated by the results of multiple trials. Unexpectedly, painting with a soft brush results in aligned materials on the elastomer. The oriented materials demonstrate anisotropic mechanical and electronic properties. This simple methodology should help realize innovative DEA applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number51
    JournalHigh-Throughput
    Volume7
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep 1

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    Keywords

    • Additive manufacturing
    • Brush painting
    • Dielectric elastomer actuator

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biotechnology
    • Bioengineering
    • Biochemistry
    • Biomedical Engineering

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    Shigemune, H., Sugano, S., Nishitani, J., Yamauchi, M., Hosoya, N., Hashimoto, S., & Maeda, S. (2018). Dielectric elastomer actuators with carbon nanotube electrodes painted with a soft brush. High-Throughput, 7(3), [51]. https://doi.org/10.3390/act7030051