Dynamic actuation of electro-elastic spherical membranes using dielectric elastomers

Nakhiah Goulbourne, Eric M. Mockensturm, Mary I. Frecker

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Abstract

This paper presents dynamic results for spherical dielectric elastomer actuators subject to an inflating mechanical pressure and an applied voltage. Different equilibria modes arise during dynamic operation due to inertial effects. In previous work, the inertial effects have been studied for the limited case of a constant applied pressure during membrane deformation [1]. Here, novel results are presented in which the dynamic response of spherical dielectric elastomer actuators to a pressure-time loading history as well as a more realistic constant gas flow rate are considered. The results are calculated for both the damped and the zero-damped cases. The spherical membrane is assumed to follow the Mooney material model where various inflation modes arise depending on the material parameters. The range of Mooney material parameters considered, the driving pressure and the applied voltage all affect the dynamic response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Aerospace Division 2005
Pages227-237
Number of pages11
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2005Nov 11 2005

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Aerospace Division (Publication) AD
Volume70 AD
ISSN (Print)0733-4230

Other

Other2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period11/5/0511/11/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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