Dynamic response of dielectric elastomers

Eric M. Mockensturm, Nakhiah Goulbourne

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Abstract

Dielectric elastomers have received a great deal of attention recently for effectively transforming electrical energy to mechanical work. Their large strains and conformability make them enticing materials for many new types of actuators. Unfortunately, their non-linear material behavior and large deformations make actual devices difficult to model. However, the reason for this difficulty can also be used to design actuators that utilize these material and geometric non-linearities to obtain multiple stable equilibria. In this work, we investigate one of the simplest possible configurations, a spherical membrane, using a model that incorporates both mechanical and electrostatic pressure as well as inertial effects that become important when transitioning from one equilibrium to another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-395
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2006

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Dielectric Elastomer
Dynamic Response
Elastomers
Dynamic response
Actuator
Actuators
Geometric Nonlinearity
Large Strain
Large Deformation
Electrostatics
Membrane
Membranes
Configuration
Energy
Model

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics

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Mockensturm, Eric M. ; Goulbourne, Nakhiah. / Dynamic response of dielectric elastomers. In: International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics. 2006 ; Vol. 41, No. 3. pp. 388-395.
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