Research into dielectric elastomer actuators
The plastic, polyurethane, is used in the DIELASTAR research project (dielectric elastomers for control actuators) combined with graphite to make a new drive element (actuator). An actuator turns electrical signals into mechanical movements, for example to open and close a valve. In classic valves the actuator is an electromagnet. Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) can be used, for example, in valves instead of solenoids.