Special Issue "Polymeric Actuators"
A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2016).
Interests: artificial intelligence; neural networks; soft sensors; ionic polymeric transducers; sensor modelling and characterization; mechanical sensors; energy harvesting; smart materials; smart sensing systems
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Stimulus-responsive polymers will be relevant for the realization of smart systems. Polymers, have become available that respond to many stimuli, such as heat (thermo-responsive materials), stress/pressure (mechano-responsive materials), electric current/voltage (electro-responsive materials) magnetic field (magneto-responsive materials), pH change/solvent/moisture (chemo-responsive materials), and light (photo-responsive materials).
The number of proposed applications is growing at an impressive rate. Polymeric actuators have been proposed for the realization of smart systems, able to solve even the most complex problems, with little or no human intervention, in strategic sectors such as bio-inspired robotics, aerospace, and nanomedicine to name a few.
We are talking about, e.g., bio-inspired underwater robots that can take care of repetitive or dangerous tasks, active prostheses to help the rehabilitation of patients, systems, capable of delivering drugs on the basis of well-established protocols, or even artificial organs and tissues.
The number and the quality of the proposed applications have increased in time, according to the improvements in the technologies for their realization and in the knowledge of the polymer behavior.
In fact, on one hand, new production technologies are, along with models, capable of better describing actuator capabilities, of chief importance in the development of meaningful applications. On the other hand, newly envisaged applications demand better materials and efficient, yet accurate, models. The envisaged systems will the result of the continuous advances in the synthesis of new polymers, including nanocomposites, modeling, including mutiphysics models, and applications including, but not limited to, nanomedicine, aerospace, and bio-inspired robotics. Challenges exist for all the three investigation fields mentioned above, and contributions are welcome on the following topics:
- Polymeric actuators
- Multiplysic models
- Bio-inspired robotics
Dr. Salvatore Graziani
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