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Energy scavenging strain absorber: application to kinetic dielectric elastomer generator
Author(s): C. Jean-Mistral; M. Beaune; T. Vu-Cong; A. Sylvestre
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Paper Abstract

Dielectric elastomer generators (DEGs) are light, compliant, silent energy scavengers. They can easily be incorporated into clothing where they could scavenge energy from the human kinetic movements for biomedical applications. Nevertheless, scavengers based on dielectric elastomers are soft electrostatic generators requiring a high voltage source to polarize them and high external strain, which constitutes the two major disadvantages of these transducers. We propose here a complete structure made up of a strain absorber, a DEG and a simple electronic power circuit. This new structure looks like a patch, can be attached on human’s wear and located on the chest, knee, elbow… Our original strain absorber, inspired from a sailing boat winch, is able to heighten the external available strain with a minimal factor of 2. The DEG is made of silicone Danfoss Polypower and it has a total area of 6cm per 2.5cm sustaining a maximal strain of 50% at 1Hz. A complete electromechanical analytical model was developed for the DEG associated to this strain absorber. With a poling voltage of 800V, a scavenged energy of 0.57mJ per cycle is achieved with our complete structure. The performance of the DEG can further be improved by enhancing the imposed strain, by designing a stack structure, by using a dielectric elastomer with high dielectric permittivity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 90561H (8 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2044690
Show Author Affiliations
C. Jean-Mistral, LaMCoS, Univ. de Lyon (France)
M. Beaune, LaMCoS, Univ. de Lyon (France)
T. Vu-Cong, G2Elab, Univ. of Grenoble (France)
A. Sylvestre, G2Elab, Univ. of Grenoble (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9056:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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