1 April 2015 Fiber-reinforced dielectric elastomer laminates with integrated function of actuating and sensing
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Abstract
The natural limbs of animals and insects integrate muscles, skins and neurons, providing both the actuating and sensing functions simultaneously. Inspired by the natural structure, we present a novel structure with integrated function of actuating and sensing with dielectric elastomer (DE) laminates. The structure can deform when subjected to high voltage loading and generate corresponding output signal in return. We investigate the basic physical phenomenon of dielectric elastomer experimentally. It is noted that when applying high voltage, the actuating dielectric elastomer membrane deforms and the sensing dielectric elastomer membrane changes the capacitance in return. Based on the concept, finite element method (FEM) simulation has been conducted to further investigate the electromechanical behavior of the structure.
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Tiefeng Li, Yuhan Xie, Chi Li, Xuxu Yang, Yongbin Jin, Junjie Liu, Xiaoqiang Huang, "Fiber-reinforced dielectric elastomer laminates with integrated function of actuating and sensing", Proc. SPIE 9430, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015, 94301W (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084984; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2084984
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