Dielectric elastomers (DEs) hold great promise as materials for novel, advanced electromechanical applications such as actuators, generators and sensors.  Choosing the right polymer for the blending approach is of utmost importance to improve the electro-mechanical properties of DEs.  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.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||8th International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) Transducers & Artificial Muscles (EuroEAP 2018) - Lyon, France|
Duration: 5 Jun 2018 → 6 Jun 2018
|Conference||8th International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) Transducers & Artificial Muscles (EuroEAP 2018)|
|Period||05/06/2018 → 06/06/2018|
- Electro-mechanical properties
- Silicone dielectric elastomer
- Voltage stabiliser
- Phenyl functionalised copolymer
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.