Large-strain, high-stress tubular dielectric elastomer actuator with high pre-stretch and oil encapsulation

Gih Keong Lau, Desmond Di Teng Tan, Thanh Giang La

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Rolled dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA), which are prepared by rolling up a flat dielectric elastomer, are subjected to non-homogenous deformation and thus does not perform as well as the flat ones. Typically, the rolled ones reported actuation of not more than 37.3% axial strain; whereas the flat one undergoing pure-shear deformation reported much greater actuation. This study shows that oil encapsulation helps the rolled DEA suppress pre-mature breakdown. Under isotonic test, oil-encapsulated tubular DEAs sustain very high electric field of up to 712.0 MV/m, which is 50% higher than that of the dry DEAs. Hence, it can produce up to 50% axial strain while deforming the passive oil capsules. In addition, it produces an isometric stress up to nearly 0.6 MPa, 114% higher than that of the dry one.

Original languageEnglish
Article number94300M
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 9 Mar 201512 Mar 2015


  • Dielectric elastomer actuator
  • electric breakdown
  • non-homogenous deformation
  • oil encapsulation

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