An electroactive polymer-ceramic hybrid actuation system for enhanced electromechanical performance

Ji Su, Tian Bing Xu, Shujun Zhang, Thomas R. Shrout, Qiming Zhang

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A high performance hybrid actuation system (HYBAS), based on electroactive polymers (EAP) and electroactive ceramics (PZN-PT single crystal), was developed. It was observed that the total thickness of the EAP element was 33μm. It was found that displacement of the HYBAS was always greater than the displacement from individual active element at same applied voltage. The results show that the displacement of the HYBAS increases, when the clamp effect is reduced by an inactive layer with a lower modulus or a reduced thickness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1045-1047
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 9 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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