ER gel exhibits various adhesive characteristics according to the applied electric field. This characteristic is called the EA effect. The results of a recent study reveal that the EA effect also occurs in a vacuum. Therefore, it is expected that ER gel can be applied to a chucking or damping device in a vacuum process. However, the characteristics of ER gel in a vacuum have not been sufficiently clarified. The purpose of this study is to experimentally evaluate the characteristic of ER gel in a vacuum. The performance of an ERG fixture element used for a silicon wafer in a vacuum is evaluated through shearing tests. The experimental results indicate that the ER gel demonstrates satisfactory performance in a vacuum. Moreover, the outgas released from the ER gel in a vacuum is evaluated, and the influence of the degassing time on the outgas is investigated.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Oct|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanical Engineering