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17 November 2008 Implementation and simulation of a cone dielectric elastomer actuator
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Proceedings Volume 7266, Optomechatronic Technologies 2008; 726607 (2008)
Event: International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies, 2008, San Diego, California, United States
The purpose is to investigate the performance of cone dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) by experiment and FEM simulation. Two working equilibrium positions of cone DEA, which correspond to its initial displacement and displacement output with voltage off and on respectively, are determined through the analysis on its working principle. Experiments show that analytical results accord with experimental ones, and work output in a workcycle is hereby calculated. Actuator can respond quickly when voltage is applied and can return to its original position rapidly when voltage is released. Also, FEM simulation is used to obtain the movement of cone DEA in advance. Simulation results agree well with experimental ones and prove the feasibility of simulation. Also, causes for small difference between them in displacement output are analyzed.
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Huaming Wang and Jianying Zhu "Implementation and simulation of a cone dielectric elastomer actuator", Proc. SPIE 7266, Optomechatronic Technologies 2008, 726607 (17 November 2008);

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