28 March 2011 Dielectric elastomers: from the beginning of modern science to applications in actuators and energy harvesters
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Electrically deformable materials have a long history, with first quotations in a letter from Alessandro Volta. The topic turned out to be hot at the end of the 19th century, with a landmark paper of Röntgen anticipating the dielectric elastomer principle. In 2000, Pelrine and co-workers generated huge interest in such soft actuators, by demonstrating voltage induced huge area expansion rates of more than 300%. Since then, the field became mature, with first commercial applications appearing on the market. New frontiers also emerged recently, for example by using dielectric transducers in a reverse mode for scavenging mechanical energy. In the present survey we briefly discuss the latest developments in the field.
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Richard Baumgartner, Christoph Keplinger, Rainer Kaltseis, Reinhard Schwödiauer, Siegfried Bauer, "Dielectric elastomers: from the beginning of modern science to applications in actuators and energy harvesters", Proc. SPIE 7976, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011, 797603 (28 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.880289; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.880289
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