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On electromechanical stability analysis of dielectric elastomer actuators

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4 Author(s)
Xu, Bai-Xiang ; Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Institute of Applied Mechanics, TU Kaiserslautern, Postfach 3049, D-67653 Kaiserslautern, Germany ; Mueller, Ralf ; Klassen, Markus ; Gross, Dietmar

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Based on the total stress concept, explicit results of the equilibrium state and the critical electric field are obtained for dielectric elastomer actuators. Criticality is discussed in the frame of structure stability and electric breakdown. Specific results are given for four commonly used material models.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:97 ,  Issue: 16 )