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TitleSoft generators using dielectric elastomers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMcKay, T.G., O'Brien B.M., Calius E.P., and Anderson I.A.
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Date Published2011
ISSN00036951 (ISSN)
KeywordsA-frames, Circuit elements, Dielectric elastomers, Elastomers, Energy density, Light weight, Plastics
AbstractThe potential to produce light-weight, low-cost, wearable dielectric elastomer generators has been limited by the requirement for bulky rigid, and expensive external circuitry. In this letter, we present a soft dielectric elastomer generator whose stretchable circuit elements are integrated within the membrane. The soft generator achieved an energy density of 10 mJ/g at an efficiency of 12% and simply consisted of low-cost acrylic membranes and carbon grease mounted in a frame. © 2011 American Institute of Physics.

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