P. J. Cottinet

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The harvesting of energy from ambient environments is an emerging technology with potential for numerous applications, including portable electronic devices for renewable energy. Most of the current research activities refer to classical piezoelectric ceramic materials, but more recently the development of electrostrictive polymers has generated novel(More)
The possibility of recycling ambient energies with miniature electrical generators instead of using batteries with limited lifespan has stimulated important research efforts over the past years. Integration of such miniature generators is mainly envisioned into low power autonomous systems, for various industrial or domestic applications. Advances in the(More)
Multiferroic composites with very high magnetoelectric coupling composites have been elaborated by incorporating high aspect ratio magnetic nickel particles in a ferroelectric matrix P(VDFeTrFE). Nickel nanowires (NWs) were elaborated by the electrodeposition method which allows obtaining a constant aspect ratio of 250. SEM-FEG images showed a Ni NWs(More)
This paper focuses on the improvement of a relaxor ferroelectric terpolymer, i.e., poly (vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)], filled with a bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). The developed material gave rise to a significantly increased longitudinal electrostrictive strain, as well as an increased mechanical energy(More)
The development of steerable guide wire or catheter designs has been strongly limited by the lack of enabling actuator technologies. This paper presents the properties of an electrostrive actuator technology for steerable actuation. By carefully tailoring material properties and the actuator design, which can be integrated in devices, this technology should(More)
The purpose of this paper is to propose new means for harvesting energy using electrostrictive polymers. Recent trends in energy conversion mechanisms have demonstrated the abilities of electrostrictive polymers for converting mechanical vibrations into electricity. In particular, such materials present advantageous features such as a high productivity,(More)
Recent progresses in microelectronics that enabled the design ultra-low consumption, fully operative electronic systems, have permitted the disposal of autonomous wireless devices ([1]). However, primary batteries, that initially promoted the development of such systems, have nowadays become a break to the spreading of long-lifetime autonomous apparatus,(More)
Harvesting systems capable of transforming unused environmental energy into useful electrical energy have been extensively studied for the last two decades. The recent development of electrostrictive polymers has generated new opportunities for harvesting energy. The contribution of this study lies in the design and validation of electrostrictive polymer-(More)
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