The aim of this work has been to develop a novel electrode configuration for activating glass fibre reinforced hydrogel electro-active polymers. The electrodes are created by the direct embedment of carbon fibre tows within the composite to form a hybrid arrangement. Work has been undertaken that demonstrates the effectiveness of using this approach in terms of improving the resulting actuation potential and investigations are ongoing into the refinement and possible application of this form of self-actuating composite.
|Translated title of the contribution||Self-Actuating Fibre Reinforced Epoxy Composites|
|Title of host publication||17th International Conference on Composite Materials|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2009|