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The overall objective for the scientific programme is R&D of artificial muscle materials, their fabrication technology and integration for industrial applications.

 

It can be divided into the following sub-objectives:

  1. Improvement of polymer architectures for improving miniaturized transducer performance and lifetime, including self-sensing and self-commutation;
  2. Development of electromechanical lumped, physics and electrochemistry based models, to allow for accelerated design and optimization for a range of applications
  3. Novel microactuators and architectures for miniaturized soft robotics, including energy harvesting. Evaluation, using demonstrators, of actuation and sensing capacity at the micro and medium scale;
  4. Investigation of materials that allow reliable low voltage operation and long lifetime, for further successful use in industrial applications;
  5. Coherent and collaborative development of EAP materials, their fabrication technologies and applications, by multi-disciplinary and inter-sectorial R&D of materials, microfabrication related issues, computer modelling and control, lifetime and reliability, technological readiness.

 


Objective: Two major research areas are planned for the research program in DEAP:
(1) Novel actuators and architectures for miniaturized soft robotics, including the use of position/shape self-sensing with no additional external sensors;
(2) Coherent and collaborative development of artificial muscle materials, their fabrication technologies and applications, R&D of electrode materials, microfabrication related issues, lifetime and reliability, technological readiness. 

Objectives To provide a structured research training programme for 15 ESR’s in the field of smart soft systems made of artificial muscles for advanced miniaturized devices. To improve the career perspectives of the ESRs, including their inter-sectoral employability, by training them at the forefront of research.

Objective: Research in WP2 focuses on IEAP materials, development of models, and evaluation of actuation and sensing capacity at the micro-scale. A main obstacle to the integration of actuators is their low energy efficiency when operating at the macroscale. Therefore the main goal is to fabricate high-efficient microactuators and demonstrators using microsystem technology to ensure the reliability of the process.

Objective: Research in WP3 focuses on the development and broadening of the microfabrication toolbox for EAPs , as well as development and evaluation of the actuation and sensing capability on micro-scale.

Objectives: To inform the general public about the project, and to attract more young people, including women, to choose science and technology for their future studies and career choices. To share scientific knowledge, methodologies and approaches used, with the view to progress in the scientific field. To facilitate further exploitation of results whilst safeguarding the IPR interests of all parties involved.

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