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Giant voltage-induced deformation in dielectric elastomers near the verge of snap-through instability

Tiefeng Li's picture

     Dielectric elastomers are capable of large voltage-induced deformation, but achieving
such large deformation in practice has been a major challenge due to electromechanical
instability and electric breakdown. The complex nonlinear behavior suggests an important
opportunity: electromechanical instability can be harnessed to achieve giant voltage-induced
deformation.
 

 experiment setup

 

    We introduce the following principle of operation: place a dielectric elastomer
near the verge of snap-through instability, trigger the instability with voltage, and bend the
snap-through path to avert electric breakdown. We demonstrate this principle of operation
with a commonly used experimental setup—a dielectric membrane mounted on a chamber of air.

numerical results of Pressure-Volume and Voltage-Volume curves 

    We use a computational model to analyze inhomogeneous deformation and map out bifurcation
diagrams to guide the experiment. With suitable values of the parameters, we obtain giant
voltage-induced expansion of area by 1692%, far beyond the largest value reported in the
literature. 

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Zheng Jia's picture

great work!

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