Analysis and manufacture of an energy harvester based on a Mooney-Rivlin–type dielectric elastomer
Department of Astronautical Science and Mechanics, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) - P.O. Box 301, No. 92 West Dazhi Street, Harbin 150001, PRC
2 Centre for Composite Materials, Science Park of Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) - P.O. Box 3011, No. 2 YiKuang Street, Harbin 150080, PRC
Accepted: 26 April 2010
We studied a typical failure model of a Mooney-Rivlin–type silicone energy harvester, illustrated the allowable area under equal-biaxial and unequal-biaxial conditions, calculated the energy generated in one cycle of an energy harvester, designed a new harvester, and conducted its primary tests. When the ratio between principal planar stretches p = 1 (λ2 = pλ1) and the material constant ratio k = 0.1 (C2 = kC1), the energy density generated by the harvester is 6.81 J/g. We think that these results can be used to facilitate the design and manufacture of dielectric elastomer energy harvesters.
PACS: 61.41.+e – Polymers, elastomers, and plastics / 77.84.Jd – Polymers; organic compounds / 77.65.-j – Piezoelectricity and electromechanical effects
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