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5 April 2007 Electroactive polymers (EAP) as an enabling tool in biomimetics
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Nature is filled with highly effective biological mechanisms that were refined thru evolution over millions of years offering an incredible model for inspiring human innovation. Humans have always made efforts to imitate nature's inventions. Advances in technology led to capabilities that allow adapting nature innovation beyond simply copying and the pool of possibilities in materials, structures, methods, processes and systems is enormous. Electroactive polymers (EAP) are increasingly being recognized as an important enabling technology for making biologically inspired capabilities. Using them as artificial muscles they are being considered for use a wide range of fields including medical, commercial, entertainment and many others. This paper reviews the up to date role that EAP is playing in advancing biomimetics and the field outlook.
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Yoseph Bar-Cohen "Electroactive polymers (EAP) as an enabling tool in biomimetics", Proc. SPIE 6524, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2007, 652403 (5 April 2007);

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