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Automated manufacturing process for DEAP stack-actuators
Author(s): Dominik Tepel; Thorben Hoffstadt; Jürgen Maas
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Paper Abstract

Dielectric elastomers (DE) are thin polymer films belonging to the class of electroactive polymers (EAP), which are coated with compliant and conductive electrodes on each side. Due to the influence of an electrical field, dielectric elastomers perform a large amount of deformation. In this contribution a manufacturing process of automated fabricated stack-actuators based on dielectric electroactive polymers (DEAP) are presented. First of all the specific design of the considered stack-actuator is explained and afterwards the development, construction and realization of an automated manufacturing process is presented in detail. By applying this automated process, stack-actuators with reproducible and homogeneous properties can be manufactured. Finally, first DEAP actuator modules fabricated by the mentioned process are validated experimentally.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 905627 (26 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2045114
Show Author Affiliations
Dominik Tepel, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Thorben Hoffstadt, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Jürgen Maas, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)


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

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