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Offline DreamThinkBuild

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EAP (Electroactive Polymers)
« on: October 31, 2015, 12:24:23 AM »
Hi All,

There is an interesting direction of study of EAP's (Electroactive Polymers) for power generation.

There have been claims that large forces can be generated with low power requirements.

Dielectric Elastomer Generators (DEGs)

Large DEG

Power Fabric from Fishing Line Artificial Muscle

Electroactive Polymer Artificial Muscle (EPAM) Spring Roll Actuator

This site might also open some other areas/ideas for builders to explore.

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Offline Nink

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Re: EAP (Electroactive Polymers)
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015, 01:45:01 AM »
EAP's are going to be a major area for innovation in power generation.  Example here is a patent that uses compute nodes in the ocean tied together with EAP's to power a water based data center. The compute nodes are tied together with EAP's and the wave action uses the EAP's to generate power, while the ocean water keeps the compute nodes cool. To much wave activity and the power is used to turn the EAP's from being flexible power generators into muscles that stiffen the links between compute nodes to prevent to much power being generated.

Offline DreamThinkBuild

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Re: EAP (Electroactive Polymers)
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2015, 11:40:03 PM »
Hi Nink,

Thanks for the link.

DEGs are interesting, now imagine this for super capacitors where a small oscillator can build charge through parametric shape change of the plates.

PolyWEC EU Project - Dielectric Elastomers Generators: How does it work