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Uncertainty Analysis of Dielectric Elastomer Membranes Under Multi-Axial Loading

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Paul Miles, Adriane Guettler, William S. Oates

Florida A&M/Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Yousuff Hussaini

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Paper No. SMASIS2015-8919, pp. V001T02A004; 12 pages
  • ASME 2015 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials; Mechanics and Behavior of Active Materials; Modeling, Simulation and Control of Adaptive Systems
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, September 21–23, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5729-8
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


A variety of models have been developed to simulate the behavior of electroactive elastomers. As with all modeling applications, there are varying levels of uncertainty associated with measurement limitations and lack of knowledge of the constitutive behavior. Methods of quantifying this uncertainty have been explored previously using Bayesian statistics under uniaxial mechanical loading. The research presented here expands prior developments to quantify constitutive model uncertainty under multi-axial mechanical loading at different electrostatic fields. Specifically, we experimentally characterize and simulate transverse loading of a pre-stretched membrane under different electrostatic fields. We also quantify the dielectric response from electric displacement versus electric field loops. Bayesian statistical methods are employed to quantify modeling uncertainties in light of the data conducted on the 3M elastomer, VHB 4910.

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