Analysis of microstructural induced enhancement of electromechanical coupling in soft dielectrics

Stephan Rudykh, Arnon Lewinstein, Gil Uner, Gal Debotton

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Abstract

Electroactive soft elastomers require huge electric field for a meaningful actuation. We demonstrate, by means of numerical simulation, that this can be dramatically reduced and large deformations can be achieved with suitably designed heterogeneous actuators. The mechanism by which the enhancement is attained is illustrated with the aid of both idealized and periodic models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number151905
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume102
Issue number15
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2013

Keywords

  • cond-mat.mtrl-sci

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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