Analysis of Dielectric Electro Active Polymer Actuator and its High Voltage Driving Circuits

Prasanth Thummala, Lina Huang, Zhe Zhang, Michael A. E. Andersen

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Abstract

Actuators based on dielectric elastomers have promising applications in artificial muscles, space robotics, mechatronics, micro-air vehicles, pneumatic and electric
automation technology, heating valves, loud speakers, tissue engineering, surgical tools, wind turbine flaps, toys, rotary motors, and grippers for material handling, etc.
This paper focuses on the application of Dielectric Electro Active Polymer (DEAP) technology as an actuation mechanism for different applications. The DEAP material
requires very high voltage (~2.5 kV DC) to fully utilize it as an actuator. In this paper the DEAP actuator is analyzed in detail and the actuator structures, for the wind turbine
flap and the heating valve applications are shown. Different high voltage switch mode power supply topologies for driving the DEAP actuator are discussed. The simulation and experimental results are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Power Modulator Symposium and High Voltage Workshop
Number of pages4
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)9781467312226
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference - Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 3 Jun 20127 Jun 2012

Conference

Conference2012 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference
LocationHilton San Diego Bayfront
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period03/06/201207/06/2012

Keywords

  • Dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP)
  • Actuator
  • High voltage (HV)
  • Dc-dc converter
  • Power electronics
  • Heating valves
  • Wind turbine flaps
  • PolyPower

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