Modeling of a Dielectric Elastomer Bender Actuator
AbstractThe current smallest self-contained modular robot uses a shape memory alloy, which is inherently inefficient, slow and difficult to control. We present the design, fabrication and demonstration of a module based on dielectric elastomer actuation. The module uses a pair of bowtie dielectric elastomer actuators in an agonist-antagonist configuration and is seven times smaller than previously demonstrated. In addition, we present an intuitive model for the bowtie configuration that predicts the performance with experimental verification. Based on this model and the experimental analysis, we address the theoretical limitations and advantages of this antagonistic bender design relative to other dielectric elastomer actuators. View Full-Text
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White, P.; Latscha, S.; Yim, M. Modeling of a Dielectric Elastomer Bender Actuator. Actuators 2014, 3, 245-269.
White P, Latscha S, Yim M. Modeling of a Dielectric Elastomer Bender Actuator. Actuators. 2014; 3(3):245-269.Chicago/Turabian Style
White, Paul; Latscha, Stella; Yim, Mark. 2014. "Modeling of a Dielectric Elastomer Bender Actuator." Actuators 3, no. 3: 245-269.