Special Issue "Smart Dielectric Elastomer Actuator Systems"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Stefan Seelecke
Guest Editor
Department of Systems Engineering and Department of Material Science and Engineering, Saarland University, 66119 Saarbrücken, Germany
Interests: smart material systems; actuators; sensors; dielectric elastomers; shape memory alloys; elastocalorics
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Dr. Giacomo Moretti
Co-Guest Editor
Department of Systems Engineering, Saarland University, 66119 Saarbrücken, Germany
Interests: electroactive polymers; multifunctional actuators; electrostatic actuators; dielectric elastomers; soft robotics; energy harvesting; vibrations
Dr. Paul Motzki
Co-Guest Editor
Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technologies gGmbH (ZeMA), Saarland University, 66121 Saarbrücken, Germany
Interests: smart material systems; actuators; sensors; electroactive polymers; shape memory alloys; robotics; handling systems; elastocalorics
Prof. Dr. Gianluca Rizzello
Co-Guest Editor
Department of Systems Engineering and Department of Material Science and Engineering, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
Interests: mechatronic systems; control systems; modeling; energy-based modeling and control; robust control; motion control; interaction control; self-sensing; smart materials; shape memory alloys; dielectric elastomers; soft actuators; soft robotics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit your papers to our Special Issue on Smart Dielectric Elastomer Actuator Systems.

The quest for lightweight multifunctional actuator systems, adaptable to different scales and environments and featuring a deep level of integration among actuation unit, sensing system, and algorithmic intelligence, is one of the great challenges of modern research in mechatronics.

Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) are among the most promising technologies for the new generation of smart multifunctional systems. Due to their large deformations, inherent compliance, lightweight property, high power density and efficiency, and self-sensing capability, DEAs can excel in tasks which are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve for conventional drives and servo systems.

Combining DEAs with passive mechanical structures, advanced algorithms, and interacting interfaces leads to complex multifunctional systems, capable of implementing a wide diversity of tasks. The unique features of DEA systems make them highly promising, among others, for novel soft robots capable of autonomous operation and safe interaction, smart fluidic drives, lightweight wearable and haptic interfaces, and distributed sound generation devices.

This Special Issue collects novel contributions in the field of multifunctional systems based on DEAs. Submitted manuscripts must contribute theoretical and/or experimental advances.

The topics of interest to the Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

- Advanced DEA applications (acoustics, haptics, soft robotics, wearables);

- New DEA system architectures and layout;

- Multi-actuator and cooperative systems;

- Design, fabrication and optimization of novel DEA-driven systems;

- System-level modelling and simulation;

- Innovative driving/sensing electronics;

- Control concepts for DEA systems;

- Self-sensing and sensorless control;

- Condition monitoring and lifetime assessment.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Seelecke
Dr. Giacomo Moretti
Dr. Paul Motzki
Prof. Dr. Gianluca Rizzello
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Actuators is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs)
  • Dielectric elastomer sensors
  • Dielectric elastomer systems
  • Soft actuators
  • Robotics
  • Acoustics
  • Wearable
  • Modelling
  • Control
  • Simulation
  • Self-sensing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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