Chapter 20. Dielectric Elastomer Actuators: Fundamentals

  1. Federico Carpi2 and
  2. Elisabeth Smela3
  1. Roy Kornbluh,
  2. Richard Heydt and
  3. Ron Pelrine

Published Online: 20 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch20

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators

How to Cite

Kornbluh, R., Heydt, R. and Pelrine, R. (2009) Dielectric Elastomer Actuators: Fundamentals, in Biomedical Applications of Electroactive Polymer Actuators (eds F. Carpi and E. Smela), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744697.ch20

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Interdepartmental Research Centre “E. Piaggio”, School of Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy

  2. 3

    Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

Author Information

  1. SRI International, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470773055

Online ISBN: 9780470744697

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Keywords:

  • dielectric elastomer actuators;
  • dielectric elastomer technology;
  • SRI international (SRI);
  • electromechanical response of elastomeric dielectric film;
  • electrostatic charges;
  • deformation of polymer;
  • electroactive polymers (EAPs);
  • silicone and acrylic materials;
  • high voltage operation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Basic Principle of Operation

  • Dielectric Elastomer Materials

  • Transducer Designs and Configurations

  • Operational Considerations

  • References