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

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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]
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)
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityLyon
Period05/06/201806/06/2018

Keywords

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

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