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An electroactive polymer based concept for vibration reduction via adaptive supports
Author(s): Kai Wolf; Tobias Röglin; Frerk Haase; Torsten Finnberg; Bernd Steinhoff
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Paper Abstract

A concept for the suppression of resonant vibration of an elastic system undergoing forced vibration coupled to electroactive polymer (EAP) actuators based on dielectric elastomers is demonstrated. The actuators are utilized to vary the stiffness of the end support of a clamped beam, which is forced to harmonic vibration via a piezoelectric patch. Due to the nonlinear dependency of the elastic modulus of the EAP material, the modulus can be changed by inducing an electrostrictive deformation. The resulting change in stiffness of the EAP actuator leads to a shift of the resonance frequencies of the vibrating beam, enabling an effective reduction of the vibration amplitude by an external electric signal. Using a custom-built setup employing an aluminum vibrating beam coupled on both sides to electrodized strips of VHB tape, a significant reduction of the resonance amplitude was achieved. The effectiveness of this concept compared to other active and passive concepts of vibration reduction is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6927, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008, 69271F (10 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776294
Show Author Affiliations
Kai Wolf, Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)
Tobias Röglin, Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)
Frerk Haase, Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability Reliability (LBF) (Germany)
Torsten Finnberg, German Institute for Polymers (DKI) (Germany)
Bernd Steinhoff, German Institute for Polymers (DKI) (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6927:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2008
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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