3 April 2012 Dielectric elastomer energy harvesting undergoing polarization saturation
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Abstract
Mechanical energy can be converted into electrical energy by using a dielectric elastomer generator. The elastomer is susceptible to various models of failure, including electrical breakdown, electromechanical instability, loss of tension, and rupture by stretching. The models of failure define a cycle of maximal energy that can be converted. On the other hand, when subjected to voltage, the charge will be induced on a dielectric elastomer. When the voltage is small, the charge increases with the voltage. Along with the continuously increase of voltage, when the charge approaches a certain value, it would become saturated. This paper develops a thermodynamic model of dielectric elastomers undergoing polarization saturation. We studied the typical failure model with three variables of Gent Model silicone energy harvester and obtained an analytical solution of the constitutive equation of dielectric elastomer undergoing polarization saturation. These results can be used to facilitate the design and manufacture of dielectric elastomer energy harvesters.
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Liwu Liu, Liwu Liu, Xiaojian Luo, Xiaojian Luo, Yanju Liu, Yanju Liu, Jinsong Leng, Jinsong Leng, } "Dielectric elastomer energy harvesting undergoing polarization saturation", Proc. SPIE 8340, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2012, 83401V (3 April 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915089; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.915089
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