Samuel Shian

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Focus tunable, adaptive lenses provide several advantages over traditional lens assemblies in terms of compactness, cost, efficiency, and flexibility. To further improve the simplicity and compact nature of adaptive lenses, we present an elastomer-liquid lens system which makes use of an inline, transparent electroactive polymer actuator. The lens requires(More)
The use of few stiff fibers to control the deformation of dielectric elastomer actuators, in particular to break the symmetry of equi-biaxial lateral strain in the absence of prestretch, is demonstrated. Actuators with patterned fibers are shown to evolve into unique shapes upon electrical actuation, enabling novel designs of gripping actuators for soft(More)
Geometrical frustration arises when a local order cannot propagate throughout the space because of geometrical constraints. This phenomenon plays a major role in many systems leading to disordered ground-state configurations. Here, we report a theoretical and experimental study on the behavior of buckling-induced geometrically frustrated triangular cellular(More)
Electrically tunable adaptive lenses provide several advantages over traditional lens assemblies in terms of compactness, speed, efficiency, and flexibility. We present an elastomer-liquid lens system which makes use of an in-line, transparent electroactive polymer actuator. The lens has two liquid-filled cavities enclosed within two frames, with two(More)
A device for controlling the transmittance of light over large areas, such as windows, is described. It is based on electrostatically induced surface deformation of soft dielectric elastomer sheets produced when a voltage is applied between two networks of electrically conducting nanowires on either side of the elastomer. Variations in the surface curvature(More)
ompositions in the ZrO2–Y2O3–Ta2O5 system are of interest as low thermal conductivity, fracture resistant oxides for the next generation thermal arrier coatings (TBC). Multiple phases occur in the system offering the opportunity to compare the thermal properties of single, two-phase, nd three-phase materials. Despite rather large variations in compositions(More)
Dielectric elastomer generators (DEGs) are attractive candidates for harvesting electrical energy from mechanical work since they comprise relatively few moving parts and large elastomer sheets can be mass produced. Successfully demonstrations of the DEG prototypes have been reported from a diverse of energy sources, including ocean waves, wind, flowing(More)