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Stacking trilayers to increase force generation
Author(s): Meisam Farajollahi; Saeede Ebrahimi Takallo; Vincent Woehling; Adelyne Fannir; Cédric Plesse; Frédéric Vidal; Farrokh Sassani; John D. W. Madden
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Paper Abstract

Trilayer actuators enable large mechanical amplification, but at the expense of force. Thicker trilayers can generate more force, but displacement drops. Ideally of course a combination of high force and large displacement is desirable. In this work we explore the stacking of trilayers driven by conducting polymers in order to combine large force and reasonable deflection. Trilayer actuators operating in air are simulated using the finite element method. Force generated and the maximum beam deflection of individual and multiple stacked trilayers are studied in terms of the interface condition of the neighboring layers and the length of the auxiliary trilayer. The best performance is obtained when trilayers are able to slide with respect to each other so forces can add without impeding displacement. This case will require low friction and uniformity among the trilayers. Bonding of stacked trilayers along their entire length increases force, but dramatically reduces displacement. An alternative which leads to moderate displacements with increased force is the use of a long and a short trilayer that are bonded.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9430, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015, 94301A (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2086797
Show Author Affiliations
Meisam Farajollahi, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Saeede Ebrahimi Takallo, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
Vincent Woehling, Univ. de Cergy-Pontoise (France)
Adelyne Fannir, Univ. de Cergy-Pontoise (France)
Cédric Plesse, Univ. de Cergy-Pontoise (France)
Frédéric Vidal, Univ. de Cergy-Pontoise (France)
Farrokh Sassani, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)
John D. W. Madden, The Univ. of British Columbia (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9430:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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