Viscoelastic model of dielectric elastomer membranes

E. Yang, M. Frecker, E. Mockensturm

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A non-linear viscoelastic model for finite deformations of dielectric elastomer membranes using Christensen's theory of viscoelasticity is developed. For a time efficient numerical solution, the constitutive integral equations with a time dependent kernel (relaxation modulus) are reformulated into a recurrence form using Feng's recurrence formula and solution for the principal stretches are obtained. Uniaxial constant load tensile tests are conducted and compared with theoretical predictions. The model is also valid for small linear deformations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number12
Pages (from-to)82-93
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2005
EventSmart Structures and Materials 2005 - Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 7 2005Mar 10 2005

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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