Smart materials have become attractive alternatives for the replacement of state-of-the-art actuators and sensors because of the demand for more functionality in industrial, consumer and biomedical products. Their versatility and variability in form factors combined with their actuation and sensing abilities allow for the design and construction of smart material based multifunctional systems, which add value for industry and consumers. This talk focuses on the presentation of various actuator-sensor prototypes and smart systems based on thermal shape memory alloys and dielectric elastomers. These systems cover applications in the fields of production, automotive industry, bio-medicine also the emerging field of elastocaloric cooling.
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