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New design concept for dielectric elastomer actuators
Author(s): Guggi Kofod; Mika Paajanen; Siegfried Bauer
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Paper Abstract

A large number of actuator geometries are known for dielectric elastomer actuators. It is known that pre-strain has a beneficial effect on the actuation output properties of dielectric elastomer actuators, though actuators without pre-strain have also been realized and proven to be of value. We would like to present a new concept for design of dielectric elastomer actuators which draws on conclusions from approaches both with and without a pre-straining frame. With this concept, a large number of new actuator geometries can be visualized, and easily prepared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6168, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 61682J (15 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.674557
Show Author Affiliations
Guggi Kofod, Univ. of Potsdam (Germany)
Mika Paajanen, VTT Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
Siegfried Bauer, VTT Technical Research Ctr. of Finland (Finland)
Johannes Kepler Univ. (Austria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6168:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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