Application of functional materials based actuators to produce precision motion and force

Tatu Muukkonen, Antero Katainen

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Several different kinds of prototypes were built in the Älytarkkuus project. All the prototypes had actuators based on functional materials. Only those functional materials that were already on the market were chosen. In this project, Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuators and Ceramic Multilayer Actuators (CMA) were studied while they were integrated into the innovative constructions designed by VTT. Four prototypes are presented here; one of them is in the patent process. They are all excellent examples of how motion and force can be altered if functional materials are being used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart materials and structures
Subtitle of host publicationVTT Research Programme 2000-2002
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
ISBN (Electronic)951-38-6279-8
ISBN (Print)951-38-6278-X
Publication statusPublished - 2003
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventSmart materials and structures: VTT Research Program 2000–2002 - Espoo, Finland
Duration: 4 Dec 20024 Dec 2002

Publication series

SeriesVTT Symposium


SeminarSmart materials and structures


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