Dynamic relaxation study and experimental verification of dielectric-elastomer minimum-energy structures

S. Siu, L. Rhode-Barbarigos, S. Wagner, S. Adriaenssens

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Abstract

The shape of a dielectric elastomer minimum energy structure (DEMES) depends on the equilibrium between a pre-stretched membrane and an inextensible frame. The authors show that an extended dynamic relaxation method, a technique employed for the form-finding and analysis of pre-stressed structures, can be used to simulate DEMES equilibrium shapes. Physical models show excellent agreement with the shape of computed models. Dynamic relaxation, with its low computational cost, is a powerful form-finding technique that efficiently predicts the equilibrium shape as well as the elastic energy of DEMES.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number171906
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume103
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 21 2013
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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