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Actuators 2017, 6(2), 18; doi:10.3390/act6020018

Static and Dynamic Studies of Electro-Active Polymer Actuators and Integration in a Demonstrator

Université Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble, France
CEA-LETI, MINATEC Campus, F-38054 Grenoble, France
CEA, LITEN, DTNM, LCEI, F-38054 Grenoble, France
Arkema-PiezoTech, F-69493 Pierre Benite, France
Walter Pack, S-48140 Bizkaia, Spain
IEMN UMR CNRS, 8520, Avenue Henri Poincaré, F-59652 Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
Menapic, 41 Bd Vauban, F-59046 Lille, France
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Jose Luis Sanchez-Rojas
Received: 30 January 2017 / Revised: 9 April 2017 / Accepted: 27 April 2017 / Published: 4 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue MEMS-based Actuators)
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Nowadays, the haptic effect is used and developed for many applications—particularly in the automotive industry, where the mechanical feedback induced by a haptic system enables the user to receive information while their attention is kept on the road and on driving. This article presents the development of a vibrotactile button based on printed piezoelectric polymer actuation. Firstly, the characterization of the electro-active polymer used as the actuator and the development of a model able to predict the electromechanical behavior of this device are summarized. Then, the design of circular membranes and their dynamic characterization are presented. Finally, this work is concluded with the construction of a fully functional demonstrator, integrating haptic buttons leading to a clear haptic sensation for the user. View Full-Text
Keywords: actuators; electro-active polymer; piezoelectric; haptic actuators; electro-active polymer; piezoelectric; haptic

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Poncet, P.; Casset, F.; Latour, A.; Domingues Dos Santos, F.; Pawlak, S.; Gwoziecki, R.; Devos, A.; Emery, P.; Fanget, S. Static and Dynamic Studies of Electro-Active Polymer Actuators and Integration in a Demonstrator. Actuators 2017, 6, 18.

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