Self-organized minimum-energy structures for dielectric elastomer actuators

Guggi Kofod, Mika Paajanen, Siegfried Bauer (Corresponding Author)

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Abstract

When a stretched elastomer is laminated to a flat plastic frame, a complex shape is formed, which is termed a minimum-energy structure. It is shown how self-organized structures can be applied in the development of actuators with complex, out-of-plane actuationmodes. This unusual concept is then demonstrated in the case of dielectric elastomer actuators. Among advantages of this approach are the simplicity in manufacturing, the potential complexity and sophistication of the manufactured structures, and the general benefits of the concept when applied to other electro-mechanically active materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Volume85
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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  • dielectric elastomers
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Self-organized minimum-energy structures for dielectric elastomer actuators. / Kofod, Guggi; Paajanen, Mika; Bauer, Siegfried (Corresponding Author).

In: Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, Vol. 85, No. 2, 2006, p. 141-143.

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