In technical systems exposed to high levels of vibration, large movements have to be compensated and dampened. This is typically achieved with the help of elastomer components.
What if elastic components were intelligent and capable of actively deforming? What if they were able to lift masses and generate vibrations? If this were the case, these components would be able to control unwanted vibrations much more efficiently by introducing opposing vibrations, and even produce electrical energy from the vibrations they dampen.
Scientists at Fraunhofer LBF have developed a stack actuator, which makes use of the specific properties of electroactive elastomers, and unlocks a huge potential of entirely new applications.