SCF had low sheet resistance, less than 3.0 ohm/square even during 125% biaxial stretch, and both fabrics stretched beyond 200 % uniaxial elongation before mechanical failure. The assembly of modules with conductive fabric electrodes was comparable in terms of difficulty to that with carbon powder electrodes, and produced functional modules. However, the stiffness of the fabrics diminished DES stiffness-reduction performance to merely 12.8 % and 13.4 % compared to the 24.5 % stiffness reduction a DES module with carbon powder electrodes achieved. Future work should investigate or develop more compliant conductive fabrics that would yield greater DES performance.
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David P. Allen, Sophie E. Farmer, Robert D. Gregg, Walter Voit, "Stretchable conductive fabric simplifies manufacturing of low-resistance dielectric-elastomer-system electrodes," Proc. SPIE 10594, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XX, 1059412 (27 March 2018);