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The present invention relates to electroactive polymers that are pre-strained to improve conversion from electrical to mechanical energy. When a voltage is applied to electrodes contacting a pre-strained polymer, the polymer deflects. This deflection may be used to do mechanical work. The pre-strain improves the mechanical response of an electroactive polymer. The present invention also relates to actuators including an electroactive polymer and mechanical coupling to convert deflection of the polymer into mechanical work. The present invention further relates to compliant electrodes that conform to the shape of a polymer. The present invention provides methods for fabricating electromechanical devices including one or more electroactive polymers.

Title
Electroactive polymers transducers and actuators
Application Number
10/881060
Publication Number
6940211 (B2)
Application Date
June 29, 2004
Publication Date
September 6, 2005
Inventor
Qibing Pei
Fremont
CA, US
Roy D Kornbluh
Palo Alto
CA, US
Ronald E Pelrine
Boulder
CO, US
Agent
Beyer Weaver & Thomas
Assignee
SRI International
CA, US
IPC
H01L 041/08
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