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Performance of dielectric elastomer actuators and materials
Author(s): Peter Sommer-Larsen; Guggi Kofod; M. H. Shridhar; Mohammed Benslimane; Peter Gravesen
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Paper Abstract

Dielectric elastomer actuators performance depends on their construction and the way they are driven. We describe the governing equations for the dynamic performance of actuators and show examples of their use. Both the properties of the base elastomer material and the compliant electrodes influence the actuators performance. The mechanical and electrical properties of elastomers are discussed with a focus on an acrylate pressure sensitive adhesive from 3M, which is used by a number of groups. The influence of these properties on the actuator properties is analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4695, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (11 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475161
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Sommer-Larsen, Risoe National Lab. (Denmark)
Guggi Kofod, Risoe National Lab. (Denmark)
M. H. Shridhar, Risoe National Lab. (Denmark)
Mohammed Benslimane, Danfoss A/S (Denmark)
Peter Gravesen, Danfoss A/S (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4695:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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