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Autonomous oscillatory shape change of DEA induced by the charge–discharge process under a constant voltage
Hirohisa Tamagawa, Masaki Kakihana, Minoru Sasaki

Published: 01 February 2017 by World Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt in Journal of Advanced Dielectrics
World Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt, Volume 7; 10.1142/S2010135X17500023
Abstract: Despite the promising characteristics of Dielectric Elastomel Actuator (DEA) as a practical soft actuator, the need of high voltage for its operation prevents the successful fabrication of a practical DEA, that is, the high voltage generation takes a bulky and costly power supply. Induction of complex shape change motion of DEA such as oscillatory shape change takes even a more bulky and costly multipurpose power supply. It is a serious practical issue to be overcome. In our latest study, however, we could build a simple DEA system which exhibited a relatively complex and autonomous oscillatory shape change merely under a constant voltage, though the voltage needed was high. This successful outcome must broaden the potential usefulness of DEA as a practical soft actuator.
Keywords: high voltage, Autonomous Oscillatory, DEA, Oscillatory Shape Change, prevents, constant voltage, soft actuator
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