Dielectric elastomers as generators

B Czech, CL van Kessel, P Bauer, JA Ferreira

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    Abstract

    Dielectric elastomers used as generators have received considerable attention lately and several prototypes were built to demonstrate the process. The aim of the paper is to show how an innovative energy harvesting cycle can be realized to use the DEs as an efficient generator. It investigates the effects of (dis)charging instants, the current amplitude and how the parasitics of the material influences the energy gain and show what kind of trade-offs can be reached by selecting parameters carefully. Also an EAP emulator is introduced: it is able to implement a variable capacitor by a controllable power supply. It can be used for evaluating PTOs, tests, measurements; without the complexity, vulnerability and high price of the elastomer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011-14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications
    EditorsP Wheeler, JL Thomas
    Place of PublicationBirmingham, U.K.
    PublisherIEEE Society
    Pages1-10
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-61284-167-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE'11 ECCE Europe, Birmingham, UK - Piscataway, NJ, USA
    Duration: 30 Aug 20111 Sep 2011

    Publication series

    Name
    PublisherIEEE

    Conference

    Conference14th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE'11 ECCE Europe, Birmingham, UK
    Period30/08/111/09/11

    Keywords

    • conference contrib. refereed
    • Conf.proc. > 3 pag

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