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Title: Spring-loaded polymeric gel actuators

Spring-loaded electrically controllable polymeric gel actuators are disclosed. The polymeric gels can be polyvinyl alcohol, polyacrylic acid, or polyacrylamide, and are contained in an electrolytic solvent bath such as water plus acetone. The action of the gel is mechanically biased, allowing the expansive and contractile forces to be optimized for specific applications.
Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Albuquerque, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
869746
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) SNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5389222
Contract Number:
AC04-76DP00789
Research Org:
AT & T CORP
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
spring-loaded; polymeric; actuators; electrically; controllable; disclosed; gels; polyvinyl; alcohol; polyacrylic; acid; polyacrylamide; contained; electrolytic; solvent; bath; water; plus; acetone; action; mechanically; biased; allowing; expansive; contractile; forces; optimized; specific; applications; polyacrylic acid; polyvinyl alcohol; specific application; acrylic acid; specific applications; electrically controllable; solvent bath; electrolytic solvent; vinyl alcohol; polymeric gels; loaded polymer; /204/