New design concept for dielectric elastomer actuators

Guggi Kofod, Mika Paajanen, Siegfried Bauer

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A large number of actuator geometries are known for dielectric elastomer actuators. It is known that pre-strain has a beneficial effect on the actuation output properties of dielectric elastomer actuators, though actuators without pre-strain have also been realized and proven to be of value. We would like to present a new concept for design of dielectric elastomer actuators which draws on conclusions from both approaches with, and without a pre-straining frame. With this concept, a large number of new actuator geometries can be visualized, and easily prepared.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Structures and Materials 2006: Electroactive polymer actuators and devices (EAPAD)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of SPIE volume 6168
PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0-8194-6221-7
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventSPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring 2006 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 26 Feb 20062 Mar 2006

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of SPIE


ConferenceSPIE Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring 2006
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego

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