Finite element and experimental analyses of non-axisymmetric dielectric elastomer actuators

E. Yang, M. Frecker, E. Mockensturm

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Abstract

In this paper the general-purpose finite element (FE) software ABAQUS is used to develop models to simulate large nonlinear viscoelastic response of non-axisymmetric dielectric elastomer actuators. The FE models assume the material to be a simple homogenous, isotropic, and incompressible material. The hyperelastic and viscoelastic material constants are determined using results from constant load uniaxial tensile tests and a constant load uniaxial creep test, respectively. Actuator with elliptical and rectangular cavities fabricated and tested at 5.5, 6.0, and 6.5 kV. The FE models are validated using experimental results obtained after 90 seconds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSmart Structures and Materials 2006
Subtitle of host publicationElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 17 2006
EventSmart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 27 2006Mar 2 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6168
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherSmart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period2/27/063/2/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Yang, E., Frecker, M., & Mockensturm, E. (2006). Finite element and experimental analyses of non-axisymmetric dielectric elastomer actuators. In Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) [61680H] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 6168). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.658740