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Frequency-domain trade-offs for dielectric elastomer generators
Author(s): Plinio Zanini; Jonathan M. Rossiter; Martin Homer
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Paper Abstract

Dielectric Elastomer Generators (DEGs) are an emerging energy harvesting technology based on a the cyclic stretching of a rubber-like membrane. However, most design processes do not take into account different excitation frequencies; thus limits the applicability studies since in real-world situations forcing frequency is not often constant. Through the use of a practical design scenario we use modeling and simulation to determine the material frequency response and, hence, carefully investigate the excitation frequencies that maximize the performance (power output, efficiency) of DEGs and the factors that influence it.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10163, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017, 101631C (17 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2260046
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Plinio Zanini, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
Bristol Robotics Lab. (United Kingdom)
Jonathan M. Rossiter, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
Bristol Robotics Lab. (United Kingdom)
Martin Homer, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10163:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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