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Large deformation analysis of a dielectric elastomer membrane-spring system
Author(s): Tianhu He; Leilei Cui; Cheng Chen
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Paper Abstract

Due to the capability of large strain, dielectric elastomers are promising for applications as transducers in cameras, robots, valves, pumps, energy harvesters and so on. The dielectric elastomer transducers are based on the deformation of a soft polymer membrane contracting in thickness and expanding in area, which is induced by the application of a voltage across the two compliant electrodes coated on both sides of the membrane. This paper focuses on the large deformation analysis of a dielectric elastomer membrane-spring system. The system is constructed from attaching a disk in the middle of a circular dielectric membrane and then connecting the disk with a spring. This configuration can be potentially used as a key part in valves. The basic governing equations describing the large out-of-plane deformations are formulated, and the obtained equations are solved numerically. The relations related to the displacement of the disk, the spring force, the applied voltage, and the parameters of spring including stiffness and initial length are illustrated. The results show the anticipated displacement of the disk can be controlled by adjusting the parameters of spring and the applied voltage individually or simultaneously, and the parameters of the spring, that is, stiffness and initial length, play an important role in the performance of the membrane-spring system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7493, Second International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 74935H (21 October 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.840905
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Tianhu He, Lanzhou Univ. of Technology (China)
Leilei Cui, Lanzhou Univ. of Technology (China)
Cheng Chen, Lanzhou Univ. of Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7493:
Second International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering

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