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Chemically pre-strained dielectric elastomers finite element analysis
Author(s): Brittany Newell; Gary Krutz; Frank Stewart; Kevin Pascal
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Paper Abstract

The applications and feasibility of utilizing dielectric elastomer electroactive polymers in the industrial and medical sectors has drastically increased in recent years due to significant improvements in actuation potential, manufacturing, the introduction of new materials and modeling capabilities. One such development is the introduction of chemical pre-strain as a method of providing enhanced actuation. The purpose of this study was to utilize finite element analysis to analyze the mechanical actuation of an industrial fluoropolymer with chemical induced pre-strain and validate the model with experiential results. Results generated from the finite element analysis showed similar trends to results produced experimentally.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10163, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017, 101630T (17 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2258739
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. 10163:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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