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High-strain dielectric elastomer for actuation
Author(s): Federico Carpi; Alberto Mazzoldi; Danilo De Rossi
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents preliminary results on the characterisation of the actuating performances, never explored before, of an elastomeric material (Dr Scholl’s, Canada, Gelactiv tubing), to realise dielectric elastomer actuators. Strain and stress performances of this material were compared to those of the most currently used acrylic elastomer (3M, U.S.A., VHB 4910). Planar actuators were realised and tested, using films of the two materials, coated with compliant electrodes made of carbon grease. Following the application of a two-second high-voltage impulse, the isotonic transverse displacement and the isometric transverse force were separately measured along a prestrained direction. Actuators made of the new elastomer showed, respect to those made of the acrylic polymer, a lower dielectric strength, a transverse strain more than twice greater for the same applied electric field (e.g. 1.8 % against 0.7 % @ 27 V/μm) and a transverse stress less than twice smaller (e.g. 3.7 KPa against 5.3 KPa @ 24 V/μm).

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5051, Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (28 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484315
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Federico Carpi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
Alberto Mazzoldi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
Danilo De Rossi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5051:
Smart Structures and Materials 2003: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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