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Control concepts for dielectric elastomer actuators
Author(s): Jügen Maas; Christian Graf; Lars Eitzen
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Paper Abstract

When using smart actuators, an appropriate power electronics and a well designed force control are necessary in order to established a common force interface. Driving the actuators at high voltages and typically low currents requires special topologies, which have to meet the necessity of a bidirectional energy flow, a high efficiency and bandwidth. An inverter topology is presented, which is modeled afterwards in order to design a high dynamic voltage controller. For the force control of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators, the nonlinear relations between voltage and Maxwell stress as well as the mechanical hysteresis have to be compensated. The resulting open-loop force control can be used for superimposed motion controls, such as position, vibration and impedance controls.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7976, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011, 79761H (28 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879938
Show Author Affiliations
Jügen Maas, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Christian Graf, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Lars Eitzen, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7976:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Federico Carpi, Editor(s)

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