Enhancing the electro-mechanical properties of polydimethylsiloxane elastomers through blending with poly(dimethylsiloxane-co-methylphenylsiloxane) copolymers Acknowledgments

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Abstract

Dielectric elastomers (DEs) hold great promise as materials for novel, advanced electromechanical applications such as actuators, generators and sensors. [1] Choosing the right polymer for the blending approach is of utmost importance to improve the electro-mechanical properties of DEs. [2] A study in our laboratories shows that sub-percentage additions of various aromatic substances can increase electrical breakdown strength significantly via voltage stabilisation, due to an electron trapping effect. [3-5] In this work, improved electro-mechanical properties of silicone-based dielectric elastomers are achieved by means of adding so-called “voltage-stabilisers” prepared from phenyl-functional copolymers prepared using oxyanionic ring-opening polymerisation of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and either tetramethyltetraphenylcyclotetrasiloxane (T4) or octaphenylcyclotetrasiloxane (O4). The concentration of the voltage stabiliser was varied both by changing the molar ratio between methyl and phenyl groups in the copolymer and also by varying the amount of copolymer mixed into a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-based elastomer. The phenyl-functional copolymers were generally found to disperse homogeneously in the PDMS matrix and this resulted in networks with improved mechanical and electrical properties.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event8th International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) Transducers & Artificial Muscles (EuroEAP 2018) - Lyon, France
Duration: 5 Jun 20186 Jun 2018

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) Transducers & Artificial Muscles (EuroEAP 2018)
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period05/06/201806/06/2018

Keywords

  • Electro-mechanical properties
  • Silicone dielectric elastomer
  • Voltage stabiliser
  • Phenyl functionalised copolymer
  • Blend

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Yu, L., Jeppe Madsen, P., Boucher, S., & Skov, A. L. (2018). Enhancing the electro-mechanical properties of polydimethylsiloxane elastomers through blending with poly(dimethylsiloxane-co-methylphenylsiloxane) copolymers Acknowledgments. Poster session presented at 8th International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) Transducers & Artificial Muscles (EuroEAP 2018), Lyon, France.