Pulsed actuation avoids failure in dielectric elastomer artificial muscles

Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) are a class of artificial muscles capable of large linear strains (well over 100%), and with high energy density, and low cost and weight. One of the most prominent failure modes of a DEA is electrical breakdown, which can damage the device permanently, limiting...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Authors: Toma Kobayashi, Stoyan K. Smoukov
Format: Article
Published: Taylor & Francis Group 2014-10-01
Series:International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials
Online Access:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19475411.2014.987190