Exploring the design and use of micro- and meso-actuators, this book begins with theory and a general synopsis of the state-of-the-art in theoretical research. It discusses how to employ modern approaches in research and design activity, then presents a systematic list of already available products and details their potential for use. Design possibilities based on new technologies are clearly separated from those due to scale reduction, aiding in the selection of proper technology. The author takes a multi-physic approach to guarantee a comprehensive modeling technique, while the many references to experimental data and to existing microacutators assure an effective applicability of proposed theories.
Introduction. Models of Phenomena. Fundamental Knowledge. Coupled Field. Deepening Some Theoretical Problems. From Phenomena to Actuation. Elementary Models. Full Models. From Mesoactuators to Microactuators. Definitions and Discussions. Complete Examples from Idea to Prototype. State of the Art. Mesoactuators. Microactuators. Summary. References. Appendices.