Actuator Design and Automated Manufacturing Process for DEAP Multilayer Stack-Actuators
D. Tepel, T. Hoffstadt, J. Maas
Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Lemgo, Germany
Dielectric elastomers (DE) are thin polymer films belonging to the class of electroactive polymers (EAP), which are coated with compliant and conductive electrodes on each side. Due to the influence of an electrical field, dielectric elastomers perform a relatively high amount of deformation with considerable force generation. In this contribution an automated manufacturing process for stack-actuators based on dielectric electroactive polymers (DEAP) is described, designed and its realization is presented. First of all the specific design and topology of the considered multilayer actuator from a single layer actuator film towards the encapsulation of the stack-actuator
is explained and afterwards the development of the contacting of the actuator as well as the equipment of the manufacturing process are presented in detail. By applying this process, stack-actuators with reproducible and homogeneous properties can be manufactured. Finally, first DEAP stack-actuators fabricated by the mentioned process are validated experimentally.
ACTUATOR 2014 Manuscript C1.3
Publication date: 09.04.2015
Manuscript C1.3 published in Conference Proceedings ACTUATOR 2014
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