Soft silicone based interpenetrating networks as materials for actuators

Liyun Yu, Lidia Gonzalez, Søren Hvilsted, Anne Ladegaard Skov

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A new approach based on silicone interpenetrating networks with orthogonal chemistries has been investigated with focus on developing soft and flexible elastomers with high energy densities and small viscous losses. The
interpenetrating networks are made as simple two pot mixtures as for the commercial available silylation based
elastomers such as Elastosil RT625. The resulting interpenetrating networks are formulated to be softer than RT625 to increase the actuation caused when applying a voltage due to their softness combined with the significantly higher permittivity than the pure silicone elastomers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2014
Article number90560C
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventSPIE Smart Structures/NDE: Smart Structures and Materials & Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring - Town & Country Resort and Convention Cente, San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 9 Mar 201413 Mar 2014


ConferenceSPIE Smart Structures/NDE
LocationTown & Country Resort and Convention Cente
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
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  • IPN
  • Elastomer
  • Silicone
  • Dielectric
  • Thermal stability


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