Slide-ring elastomers have mobile cross-links that can slide on their axial polymers in a manner similar to a pulley on a zip line. This supramolecular network structure imparts unique mechanical properties to the elastomers, such as high deformability and low hysteresis upon cyclic loading, that are often favorable for dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs). The utilization of this type of dynamic network for actuation has been limited by the low compatibility of slide-ring materials and common elastomer platforms used in DEAs. Here, a synthetic pathway is proposed to allow for incorporation of slide-ring cross-linkers into silicone networks.
|Conference||SPIE Smart Structures + Nondestructive Evaluation|
|Period||27/04/2020 → 08/05/2020|
|Series||Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering|
- Slide-ring elastomer