Smart polymers transform electrical energy into mechanical work

phys.org | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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CTsystems, a spin-off of Empa, and Daetwyler, the Swiss specialist for sealing solutions, partner up to market and industrialize polymer transducer technology. CTsystems has already presented the first prototype of electromechanical polymer converters in stack construction: As an actuator, this converts electrical energy into mechanical work with an "integrated" sensor function. Thanks to the cooperation, the level of industrial production reaches a new level, while the robustness of the technology in the application increases.

The partnership between Daetwyler and CTsystems focuses on polymer actuators, sensors and generators that improve the performance of products in various applications, such as pumps, valves, medical dosing systems, vehicle locking systems, haptic feedback systems, switches and seat adjusters. The technology is based on a large number of stacked, wafer-thin elastomer layers coated with special electrodes. Thanks to this special combination, the polymer actuator can convert electrical energy into mechanical work. The unique design of this new technology increases the reliability and efficiency of the product, which benefits the customers of both companies. Applications are found in the automotive, aerospace, power generation and distribution, automation and medical industries.

Partnership - Daetwyler - CTsystems - Start - Consortium

The new partnership between Daetwyler and CTsystems also marks the start of a new industrial consortium, as CTsystems maintains strong alliances with universities and industry partners. The cooperation and extended access to expertise from industry and academia will enable the improvement and further development of new products as well as a higher production volume of primary materials. In addition, the partnership also creates the conditions for application-specific assembly with the support of technical experts....
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