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Systematic Experimental Investigation of Dielectric Electroactive Polymers Using a Custom-Built Uniaxial Tensile Test Rig

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Micah Hodgins, Alexander York, Stefan Seelecke

Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

Paper No. SMASIS2015-8949, pp. V001T02A005; 8 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


This work presents the design, fabrication and testing of a comprehensive DEAP test station. The tester is designed to perform tensile tests of planar DEAPs while measuring quantities such as tensile force, stretch, film thickness and voltage/current. The work details the specimen preparation and how the specimen is placed in the clamps. While the assembly process is performed by hand features were built-in to the design of the specimen frame and clamps to enable reliable placement and specimen geometry. Test results of the pure-shear specimen demonstrated good performance of the testing device. Although the electrode surface was rough the thickness stretch was evident during the stretching/actuation of the DEAP actuator.

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