Electromechanical behavior of electroactive P(VDF-TrFE) copolymers

Qiming Zhang, Vivek Bharti, Z. Y. Cheng, T. B. Xu, Shexi Wang, T. S. Ramotowski, F. Tito, R. Ting

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An exceptionally high electrostrictive response was observed in electron irradiate polyvinelidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)) copolymer. Moreover, the transverse strain of the material can be tuned over a large range by different sample treatment conditions. For example, in films uniaxially stretched, the strain can be comparable or even larger than the longitudinal strain, while in films unstretched, the transverse strain is quite small. In addition, when the films are completely clamped mechanically in the lateral directions, the films can still generate large longitudinal strains. Due to relatively high elastic modulus of the films, high elastic strain energy densities, which are much higher than those in conventional piezo and electrostrictive ceramics and magnetostrictive materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-139
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Smart Structures and Materials - Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices - Newport Beach, CA, USA
Duration: Mar 1 1999Mar 2 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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