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Modeling of mechanical properties of stack actuators based on electroactive polymers
Author(s): Dominik Tepel; Christian Graf; Jürgen Maas
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Paper Abstract

Dielectric elastomers are thin polymer films belonging to the class of electroactive polymers, which are coated with compliant and conductive electrodes on each side. Under the influence of an electrical field, dielectric elastomers perform a large amount of deformation. Depending on the mechanical setup, stack and roll actuators can be realized. In this contribution the mechanical properties of stack actuators are modeled by a holistic electromechanical approach of a single actuator film, by which the model of a stack actuator without constraints can be derived. Due to the mechanical connection between the stack actuator and the application, bulges occur at the free surfaces of the EAP material, which are calculated, experimentally validated and considered in the model of the stack actuator. Finally, the analytic actuator film model as well as the stack actuator model are validated by comparison to numerical FEM-models in ANSYS.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 April 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8687, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2013, 86871C (9 April 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2010104
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Dominik Tepel, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Christian Graf, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Jürgen Maas, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8687:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2013
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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