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Novel dielectric elastomer structures with electromechanical instability
Author(s): Tiefeng Li; Chi Li; Guoyong Mao; Zhanan Zou; Yilun Xie; Shaoxing Qu
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Paper Abstract

Dielectric elastomer (DE) actuators can convert electrical energy to mechanical energy. However, actuating DE membranes requires applying high voltage. Continuously applying high voltage on DE actuator causes failures such as current leakage and electric breakdown. To overcome the high voltage actuation drawbacks of DE actuators, this paper raises a new actuation method using DE interacting with external elastic structures. The analysis is demonstrated based on continuum mechanics, and agrees very well with experiment measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 2014
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 90560N (8 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2044959
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Tiefeng Li, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Chi Li, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Guoyong Mao, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Zhanan Zou, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Yilun Xie, Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications (China)
Shaoxing Qu, Zhejiang Univ. (China)

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

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