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TitleAn integrated, self-priming dielectric elastomer generator
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMcKay, T., O'Brien B., Calius E.P., and Anderson I.
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Date Published2010
ISSN00036951 (ISSN)
KeywordsDielectric elastomers, Electricity generators, Electrostatic generators, Energy density, High energy densities, High energy physics, High flexibility, Plastics, Power generators, Rubber, Self-priming, System levels, Variable capacitor
AbstractDielectric elastomer generators are a form of variable capacitor electricity generator with a high energy density and high flexibility. Currently, dielectric elastomer generators require external circuitry which makes the system bulkier and less flexible. In this paper we present a system that minimizes the external circuitry to six diodes so that high energy density and flexibility is maintained at the system level. An energy density of 12.6 mJ/g was experimentally demonstrated, comparing favorably with similarly sized electromagnetic and electrostatic power generators. © 2010 American Institute of Physics.

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