Electronics drivers for high voltage dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) applications

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Dielectric electro active polymer (DEAP) can be used in actuation, sensing and energy harvesting applications, but driving the DEAP based actuators and generators has three main challenges from a power electronics standpoint, i.e. high voltage ( around 2.5 kV), nonlinearity, and capacitive behavior. In this paper, electronics divers for heating valves, loud speakers, incremental motors, and energy harvesting are reviewed, studied and developed in accordance with their corresponding specifications. Due to the simplicity and low power capacity (below 10W), the reversible Fly - back converters with both magnetic and piezoelectric transformers are employed for the heating valve and incremental motor application, where only ON/OFF regulation is adopted fo r energy saving; as for DEAP based energy harvesting, the no - isolated Buck/Boost converter is used, due to the system high power capacity (above 100W), but the voltage balancing across the series - connected high voltage IGBTs is a critical issue and accordi ngly a novel gate driver circuitry is proposed and equipped; due to the requirements of the audio products, such as low distortion and noise, the multi - level Buck converter based Class - D amplifier, because of its high control linearity, is implemented for the loud speaker application s . A synthesis among those converter topologies and control techniques is given; therefore, for those DEAP based applications, their diversity and similarity of electronics drivers, as well as the key technologies employed are a nalyz ed. Therefore a whole picture of how to choose the proper topologies can be revealed. Finally, the design guidelines in order to achieve high efficiency and reliability are discussed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE : Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XVII
Number of pages10
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2015
Article number943008.
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XVII - Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, United States
Duration: 9 Mar 201512 Mar 2015
Conference number: 9430


ConferenceElectroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XVII
LocationTown & Country Resort and Convention Center
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, California
SeriesProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering

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  • DEAP actuator
  • Electronics driver
  • High voltage
  • Heating valve
  • Incremental motor
  • Loud speaker
  • Energy harvesting


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