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Novel pre-strain method for dielectric electroactive polymers
Author(s): Brittany Newell; Gary Krutz; Frank Stewart; Kevin Pascal
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Paper Abstract

Dielectric electroactive polymers have demonstrated their significant potential in a variety of applications due to their material strength and elastomeric material properties. Mechanical pre-strain has been shown to enhance material actuation potential significantly. However, with this enhancement comes sacrifices. Mechanical pre-strain imposes a stiff mechanical boundary on the dielectric material in order to maintain the strain. In this research, investigations were made into the mechanisms of mechanical pre-strain and into alternate pre-strain methods. These studies discovered alternate methods capable of producing enhanced pre-strains and final actuation without the addition of the solid strain boundary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 April 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9798, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016, 979837 (15 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2220098
Show Author Affiliations
Brittany Newell, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Gary Krutz, Purdue Univ. (United States)
Frank Stewart, Parker Hannifin Corp. (United States)
Kevin Pascal, Parker Hannifin Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9798:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016
Yoseph Bar-Cohen; Frédéric Vidal, Editor(s)

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