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EXTREME VERTICAL DISPLACEMENT, HIGH FORCE, SILICON MICROSTAGE ZIPPER ACTUATORS
Large vertical deflection, high force microactuators are desired in MEMS for a variety of applications. This thesis details a novel large-displacement electrostatic "zipper" microactuator capable of achieving hundreds of ...
Towards the Use of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators as Locomotive Devices for Millimeter-Scale Robots
Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) are electromechanical transducers that are promising for small scale applications. The work presented in this thesis seeks to develop DEAs as an actuation technology that would serve ...