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Dielectric elastomer actuators with elastomeric electrodes

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7 Author(s)
Bozlar, Michael ; Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544, USA ; Punckt, Christian ; Korkut, Sibel ; Zhu, Jian
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For many applications of dielectric elastomer actuators, it is desirable to replace the carbon-grease electrodes with stretchable, solid-state electrodes. Here, we attach thin layers of a conducting silicone elastomer to prestrained films of an acrylic dielectric elastomer and achieve voltage-actuated areal strains over 70%. The influence of the stiffness of the electrodes and the prestrain of the dielectric films is studied experimentally and theoretically.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:101 ,  Issue: 9 )

Date of Publication:

Aug 2012

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