Development of a High Voltage Source for Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA)

Konferenz: ACTUATOR 2018 - 16th International Conference on New Actuators
25.06.2018 - 27.06.2018 in Bremen, Deutschland

Tagungsband: ACTUATOR 2018

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Lenz, S.; Hau, S.; Seelecke, S. (Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany & Zentrum für Mechatronik und Automatisierungstechnik gGmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany)
Holz, B. (Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany)

Dielectric Elastomers (DE) constitute the basic principle of an innovative technology, which promises small, quick-responding and lightweight actuators. However, high actuation voltages are needed, which are typically generated by expensive supplies with large installation space. This is masking the advantages of the technology. This work introduces the development and application of an actuation circuitry for dielectric elastomer actuators, which is inexpensive in manufacturing and has small dimensions. The presented circuit is an important step for the commercialization of the DE technology.