Releasable fastening system based on ionic polymer metal composites and method of use

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6973701
APP PUB NO 20040074070A1
SERIAL NO

10360997

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A releasable fastening system comprises a knob portion comprising a knob element, a cavity portion comprising a cavity configured to receive the knob element, and an ionic polymer metal composite actuator disposed at the knob element. The ionic polymer metal composite actuator is operable to mechanically interlock the knob element with the cavity. A method of operating a releasable fastening system comprises contacting a knob portion with a cavity portion to form a releasable engagement, wherein the knob portion comprises a knob element disposed on a first support, and wherein the cavity portion comprises a cavity disposed at a second support; maintaining constant shear forces and constant pull-off forces between the knob portion and the cavity portion; and activating an ionic polymer metal composite actuator at the knob portion to facilitate the interlocking of the knob portion and the cavity portion.

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GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLCDETROIT, MI13103

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Barvosa-Carter, William Ventura, CA 46 711
Browne, Alan Lampe Grosse Pointe, MI 21 352
Johnson, Nancy L Northville, MI 339 3303
Momoda, Leslie A Los Angeles, CA 13 204
Stanford, Thomas B Port Hueneme, CA 17 479

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