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A complete thermo-electro-viscoelastic characterization of dielectric elastomers - Part II: Continuum modelling approach / Markus Mehnert, Mokarram Hossain, Paul Steinmann

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids

Swansea University Author: Mokarram Hossain

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 28th September 2022

Abstract

A comprehensive experimental study performed under a combination of thermo-electro-mechanical loads applied to a widely used electro-active polymer, is presented in the Part I of this work (Mehnert et al., 2021). Soft polymeric materials, used as base materials in electro-active polymers, are highly...

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Published in: Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
ISSN: 0022-5096
Published: Elsevier BV
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa57488
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Abstract: A comprehensive experimental study performed under a combination of thermo-electro-mechanical loads applied to a widely used electro-active polymer, is presented in the Part I of this work (Mehnert et al., 2021). Soft polymeric materials, used as base materials in electro-active polymers, are highly susceptible to temperature changes. Hence, thermal influences on their behavior have to be investigated precisely. Constitutive modelling and numerical simulation of electro-active polymers are active fields of current research. However, on the one hand, their experimental study under complex loading conditions is non-trivial. On the other hand, very few constitutive modelling approaches meet with experimental data obtained from thermo-electro-mechanical loading conditions. In this contribution, we aim to develop a thermo-electro-mechanically coupled model, which will closely replicate the response of an electro-active polymer investigated under a combination of thermal, electric and mechanical loads. Once the model is calibrated with the experimental data described in Part I of this contribution, it is validated with a different set of data, which shows excellent agreement with experimental findings.
College: College of Engineering