1 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark 2 Engineering Design and Product Development, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark 3 Danfoss PolyPower A/S 4 Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
Electroactive Polymer (EAP) has gained increasing focus, in research communities, in last two decades. Research within the field of EAP has, so far, been mainly focused on material improvements, characterization, modeling and developing demonstrators. As the EAP technology matures, the need for a new area of research namely product development emerges. Product development can be based on an isolated design and production for a single product or platform design where a product family is developed. In platform design the families of products exploits commonality of platform modules while satisfying a variety of different market segments. Platform based approach has the primary benefit of being cost efficient and short lead time to market when new products emerges. Products development based on EAP technology is challenging both technologically as well as from production and processing point of view. Both the technological and processing challenges need to be addressed before a successful implementation of EAP technology into products. Based on this need Danfoss PolyPower A/S has, in 2011, launched a EAP platform project in collaboration with three Danish universities and three commercial organizations. The aim of the project is to develop platform based designs and product family for the EAP components to be used in variety of applications. This paper presents the structure of the platform project as a whole and specifically the platform based designs of EAP transducers. The underlying technologies, essential for EAP transducers, are also presented. Conceptual design and solution for the concepts are presented as well. © 2013 SPIE.
Proceedings of Spie, the International Society for Optical Engineering, 2013, Vol 8687
Commerce; Conceptual design; Conducting polymers; Electroactive polymer actuators; Product development; Research; Technology; Transducers; Product design; EAP; Platform; Product architecture; Product family; Product organs
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Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices 2013