Artificial Muscles: Applications of Advanced Polymeric Nanocomposites

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CRC Press, Feb 21, 2007 - Technology & Engineering - 480 pages
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Smart materials are the way of the future in a variety of fields, from biomedical engineering and chemistry to nanoscience, nanotechnology, and robotics. Featuring an interdisciplinary approach to smart materials and structures, Artificial Muscles: Applications of Advanced Polymeric Nanocomposites thoroughly reviews the existing knowledge of ionic polymeric conductor nanocomposites (IPCNCs), including ionic polymeric metal nanocomposites (IPMNCs) as biomimetic distributed nanosensors, nanoactuators, nanotransducers, nanorobots, artificial muscles, and electrically controllable intelligent polymeric network structures.

Authored by one of the founding fathers of the field, the book introduces fabrication and manufacturing methods of several electrically and chemically active ionic polymeric sensors, actuators, and artificial muscles, as well as a new class of electrically active polymeric nanocomposites and artificial muscles. It also describes a few apparatuses for modeling and testing various artificial muscles to show the viability of chemoactive and electroactive muscles. The authors present the theories, modeling, and numerical simulations of ionic polymeric artificial muscles’ electrodynamics and chemodynamics. In addition, they feature current industrial and medical applications of IPMNCs.

By covering the fabrication techniques of and novel developments in advanced polymeric nanocomposites, this book provides a solid foundation in the subject while stimulating further research.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Ionic Polymers Ionic Gels and Artificial Muscles
1
Fundamentals
23
Manufacturing Techniques
61
Chapter 4 Ionic Polyacrylonitrile Chemoelectromechanical Artificial MusclesNanomuscles
119
Chapter 5 PAMPS Gel Artificial Muscles
221
Chapter 6 Modeling and Simulation of IPMNCs as Distributed Biomimetic Nanosensors Nanoactuators Nanotransducers and Artifical Muscles
237
Chapter 7 Sensing Transduction Feedback Control and Robotic Applications of Polymeric Artifical Muscles
293
Chapter 8 Conductive or Conjugated Polymers as Artifical Muscles
323
Chapter 10 Epilogue and Conclusions
371
Anatomy and Physiology of Human Muscle
375
Muscle Mechanics
391
References
395
Author Index
421
Subject Index
423
Back cover
445
Copyright

Chapter 9 Engineering Industrial and Medical Applications of Ionic PolymerMetal Nanocomposites
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Shahinpoor is Director of the Artificial Muscle Research Institute, University of New Mexico.

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