Electroactive polymer composites - Analysis and simulation

Gal DeBotton, Limor Tevet-Deree

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We examine the mechanical response of a heterogeneous dielectric media to electorstatic excitation. The governing equations for the coupled electromechanical problem are determined together with the required statements of the boundary and the interface continuity conditions. Results for the class of sequentially laminated composites are calculated and compared with corresponding finite element simulations and analytical estimates. These calculations demonstrate that the electromechanical coupling can be improved by considering non-homogeneous electromechanical actuators. These findings are in agreement with recent experimental works showing that the limitations of EAP actuators can be overcome by making composites of flexible and high dielectric modulus materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Structures and Materials 2006 - Active Materials
Subtitle of host publicationBehavior and Mechanics
EditorsW.D. Armstrong
Place of PublicationSan diego, CA
StatePublished - 16 Oct 2006
EventSmart Structures and Materials 2006 - Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 27 Feb 20062 Mar 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceSmart Structures and Materials 2006 - Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Electroactive polymer composites
  • Electromechanical coupling
  • Finite deformation analysis
  • Homogenization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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