Investigation of electrostrictive polymers as actuators for mesoscale devices

R. Trujillo, J. Mou, Patrick Phelan, D. S. Chau

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This paper presents an investigation of the use of electrostrictive silicone polymers as actuators for mesoscale devices. The generated strains of both flat and rolled actuators, based on Dow Corning Sylgard 182 and 184, with sputtered gold electrodes, are presented as functions of the applied electric field. Variables examined in this study include silicone film thickness, gold electrode thickness, cycling of the applied electric field, and actuator configuration (flat or rolled). In general, thinner silicone films and gold electrodes yielded greater strains, at a constant applied field. The actuator performance tended to deteriorate with repeated application of the electric field, and the gold electrodes cracked after being subjected to a large percentage strain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2004


  • Actuator
  • Electrostrictive polymer
  • Mesoscale device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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