Dielectric elastomer actuators with elastomeric electrodes

Michael Bozlar, Christian Punckt, Sibel Korkut, Jian Zhu, Choon Chiang Foo, Zhigang Suo, Ilhan A. Aksay

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For many applications of dielectric elastomer actuators, it is desirable to replace the carbon-grease electrodes with stretchable, solid-state electrodes. Here, we attach thin layers of a conducting silicone elastomer to prestrained films of an acrylic dielectric elastomer and achieve voltage-actuated areal strains over 70. The influence of the stiffness of the electrodes and the prestrain of the dielectric films is studied experimentally and theoretically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number091907
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 27 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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