Temperature effect on the performance of a dissipative dielectric elastomer generator with failure modes

S. E. Chen, L. Deng, Z. C. He, Eric Li, G. Y. Li

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Abstract

Research on dielectric elastomer generators (DEGs) which can be utilized to convert mechanical energy to electrical energy has gained wide attention lately. However, very few works account for the operating temperature, viscoelasticity and current leakage in the analysis of DEGs simultaneously. In this study, under several compound four-stroke conversion cycles, the electromechanical performance and energy conversion of a dissipative DEG made of a very-high-bond (VHB) elastomer are investigated at different operating temperatures. The performance parameters such as energy density and conversion efficiency are calculated under different temperatures. Moreover, the common failure modes of the generator are considered: material rupture, loss of tension, electrical breakdown and electromechanical instability. The numerical results have distinctly shown that the operating temperature plays an important role in the performance of DEGs, which could possibly make a larger conversion efficiency for the DEG.

Original languageEnglish
Article number055017
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2016

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