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Evaluation and optimization of energy harvesting cycles using dielectric elastomers
Author(s): Christian Graf; Jürgen Maas
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Paper Abstract

Electro Active Polymers can be used as generators to convert mechanical strain energy into electrical energy. The relative energy gain basically depends on the capacity change induced by the mechanical strain, while the amount of energy gain requires a certain initial quantity of charges, which can be shown by analytical equations as well as by experimental tests. Because the harvested energy is reduced by electrical losses, an energy-optimal cycle is established under consideration of the overall system efficiency.

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Date Published: 28 March 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7976, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011, 79760H (28 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879936
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Christian Graf, Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Jürgen Maas, Hochschule 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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