Conferences related to Dielectric Elastomers

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2020 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and North American Radio Science Meeting

The joint meeting is intended to provide an international forum for the exchange of information on state of the art research in the area of antennas and propagation, electromagnetic engineering and radio science


2020 22nd European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE'20 ECCE Europe)

Energy conversion and conditioning technologies, power electronics, adjustable speed drives and their applications, power electronics for smarter grid, energy efficiency,technologies for sustainable energy systems, converters and power supplies


2020 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC)

The conference program will consist of plenary lectures, symposia, workshops and invitedsessions of the latest significant findings and developments in all the major fields of biomedical engineering.Submitted papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted high quality papers will be presented in oral and postersessions, will appear in the Conference Proceedings and will be indexed in PubMed/MEDLINE


2020 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

IEEE-ECCE 2020 brings together practicing engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs and other professionals for interactive and multi-disciplinary discussions on the latest advances in energy conversion technologies. The Conference provides a unique platform for promoting your organization.

  • 2019 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    IEEE-ECCE 2019 brings together practicing engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs and other professionals for interactive and multi-disciplinary discussions on the latest advances in energy conversion technologies. The Conference provides a unique platform for promoting your organization.

  • 2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    The scope of ECCE 2018 includes all technical aspects of research, design, manufacture, application and marketing of devices, components, circuits and systems related to energyconversion, industrial power and power electronics.

  • 2017 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    ECCE is the premier global conference covering topics in energy conversion from electric machines, power electronics, drives, devices and applications both existing and emergent

  • 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    The Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) is focused on research and industrial advancements related to our sustainable energy future. ECCE began as a collaborative effort between two societies within the IEEE: The Power Electronics Society (PELS) and the Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department (IPCSD) of the Industry Application Society (IAS) and has grown to the premier conference to discuss next generation technologies.

  • 2015 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition

    The scope of ECCE 2015 includes all technical aspects of research, design, manufacture, application and marketing of devices, components, circuits and systems related to energy conversion, industrial power and power electronics.

  • 2014 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    Those companies who have an interest in selling to: research engineers, application engineers, strategists, policy makers, and innovators, anyone with an interest in energy conversion systems and components.

  • 2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    The scope of the congress interests include all technical aspects of the design, manufacture, application and marketing of devices, components, circuits and systems related to energy conversion, industrial power conversion and power electronics.

  • 2012 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    The IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) will be held in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. This will provide a forum for the exchange of information among practicing professionals in the energy conversion business. This conference will bring together users and researchers and will provide technical insight as well.

  • 2011 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    IEEE 3rd Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition follows the inagural event held in San Jose, CA in 2009 and 2nd meeting held in Atlanta, GA in 2010 as the premier conference dedicated to all aspects of energy processing in industrial, commercial, transportation and aerospace applications. ECCE2011 has a strong empahasis on renewable energy sources and power conditioning, grid interactions, power quality, storage and reliability.

  • 2010 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    This conference covers all areas of electrical and electromechanical energy conversion. This includes power electrics, power semiconductors, electric machines and drives, components, subsystems, and applications of energy conversion systems.

  • 2009 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)

    The scope of the conference include all technical aspects of the design, manufacture, application and marketing of devices, circuits, and systems related to electrical energy conversion technology


2020 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS)

Held since 1992, the IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) is a vibrant interdisciplinary forum where psychophysicists, engineers, and designers come together to share advances, spark new collaborations, and envision a future that benefits from rich physical interactions between humans and computers, generated through haptic (force and tactile) devices.

  • 2018 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS)

    Held since 1992, the IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) is a vibrant interdisciplinary forum where psychophysicists, engineers, and designers come together to share advances, spark new collaborations, and envision a future that benefits from rich physical interactions between humans and computers, generated through haptic (force and tactile) devices.

  • 2016 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS)

    Held since 1992, the IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS) is a vibrant interdisciplinary forum where psychophysicists, engineers, and designers come together to share advances, spark new collaborations, and envision a future that benefits from rich physical interactions between humans and computers, generated through haptic (force and tactile) devices. In 2016, this conference will be held in central Philadelphia, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in North America. HAPTICS 2016 will be a four-day conference with a full day of tutorials and workshops and three days of conference activities including technical paper presentations and hands-on demonstrations.Features:ExhibitsWorkshops and TutorialsHands-on Demonstrations

  • 2014 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS)

    This conference brings together researchers in diverse engineering and human science disciplines who are interested in the design, analysis, and evaluation of systems that display haptic (force and touch) information to human operators, and the study of the human systems involved in haptic interacti

  • 2012 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS)

    This conference brings together researchers in diverse engineering and human science disciplines who are interested in the design, analysis, and evaluation of systems that display haptic (force and touch) information to human operators, and the study of the human systems involved in haptic interaction.

  • 2010 IEEE Haptics Symposium (Formerly known as Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems)

    The Haptics Symposium is a bi-annual, single-track conference that brings together researchers who are advancing the human science, technology and design processes underlying haptic (force and tactile) interaction systems. Our community spans the disciplines of biomechanics, psychology, neurophysiology, engineering, human-computer interaction and computer science.

  • 2008 16th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems (Haptics 2008)

    The Haptics Symposium is an annual, single-track conference that brings together researchers in diverse engineering and human science disciplines who are interested in the design, analysis, and evaluation of systems that display haptic (force and touch) information to human operators.

  • 2006 14th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems


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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on

Experimental and theoretical advances in antennas including design and development, and in the propagation of electromagnetic waves including scattering, diffraction and interaction with continuous media; and applications pertinent to antennas and propagation, such as remote sensing, applied optics, and millimeter and submillimeter wave techniques.


Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on

Broad coverage of concepts and methods of the physical and engineering sciences applied in biology and medicine, ranging from formalized mathematical theory through experimental science and technological development to practical clinical applications.


Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on

Serves as a compendium for papers on the technological advances in control engineering and as an archival publication which will bridge the gap between theory and practice. Papers will highlight the latest knowledge, exploratory developments, and practical applications in all aspects of the technology needed to implement control systems from analysis and design through simulation and hardware.


Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, IEEE Transactions on

Electrical insulation common to the design and construction of components and equipment for use in electric and electronic circuits and distribution systems at all frequencies.


Display Technology, Journal of

This publication covers the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of information displays and aspects of display technology that emphasize the progress in device engineering, device design, materials, electronics, physics and reliabilityaspects of displays and the application of displays.


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Preparation of New Acrylic-Based Dielectric Elastomers Based on Complexation of Ca2+ Ions with Carboxyl Groups Displaying Excellent Performance

2018 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena (CEIDP), 2018

Dielectric elastomers are functional materials that can produce significant changes in size and shape under the influence of electric field, enabling the conversion of electrical energy to mechanical energy. In recent decades, they have been widely used in electronically driven devices. The acrylates of VHB series (3M company) are currently the most widely used dielectric elastomer. However, the drawbacks, such ...


An adaptive control system for dielectric elastomers

2005 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, 2005

Dielectric elastomers actuate under a capacitive mechanism and the resulting actuator is especially desirable as a biomimetic 'artificial muscle' device. This paper investigates the development and control of an acrylic dielectric elastomer, 3M VHB 4930, when used as a mechanical actuator. An embedded sensing and actuation system is proposed in the paper. The capacitance of the dielectric elastomer would be ...


Artificial muscles based on synthetic dielectric elastomers

2009 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2009

Acrylic copolymers, silicone, and thermoplastic block copolymers have been investigated as artificial muscles. These dielectric elastomers exhibit high actuation strain, pressure, and specific energy density when a high driving voltage is applied across the thin polymer films. I will discuss the chemical and processing aspects that are critical to achieving high actuation performance. One successful example is the highly prestrained ...


Electromechanical Fatique Testing Device for Dielectric Elastomers under Controllable Environmental Conditions

ACTUATOR 2018; 16th International Conference on New Actuators, 2018

Dielectric Elastomers (DEs) represent a promising transducer technology, due to their lightweight, high energy-efficiency, and design flexibility. Their electromechanical properties enable a large field of potential applications including actuators, sensors and generators. To establish commercial DE applications, it is of high importance to quantify the long-term performance of DE transducers under electrical and mechanical load. This paper presents a multifunctional ...


The effect of electrode composition on partial discharge behavior in dielectric elastomers

2014 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference (IPMHVC), 2014

Dielectric elastomers are a class of field-driven electroactive polymers which utilize a soft dielectric and compliant electrodes to couple electric fields to mechanical strains. As actuators, the charge stored on opposing electrodes generates a compressive force on the soft elastomeric dielectric, and when used as a generator, the changing capacitance resulting from cyclic stretching of the dielectric can be used ...


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  • Preparation of New Acrylic-Based Dielectric Elastomers Based on Complexation of Ca2+ Ions with Carboxyl Groups Displaying Excellent Performance

    Dielectric elastomers are functional materials that can produce significant changes in size and shape under the influence of electric field, enabling the conversion of electrical energy to mechanical energy. In recent decades, they have been widely used in electronically driven devices. The acrylates of VHB series (3M company) are currently the most widely used dielectric elastomer. However, the drawbacks, such as mechanical hysteresis, slow response speed, the need for large pre-strain, and the need for high driving voltage limit their application range. In this work, from the perspective of designing molecular structure, n-butyl acrylate and acrylic acid were polymerized by atom transfer radical polymerization method, and calcium ion was used to coordinate with carboxyl to obtain a new type of acrylic dielectric elastomer with high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and excellent mechanical properties.

  • An adaptive control system for dielectric elastomers

    Dielectric elastomers actuate under a capacitive mechanism and the resulting actuator is especially desirable as a biomimetic 'artificial muscle' device. This paper investigates the development and control of an acrylic dielectric elastomer, 3M VHB 4930, when used as a mechanical actuator. An embedded sensing and actuation system is proposed in the paper. The capacitance of the dielectric elastomer would be calculated using the feedback of a high frequency sensing signal attached to the actuation voltage. A PID closed loop quasi-digital voltage control system is developed for controlling the actuation voltage. Experiments are carried out to test the performance against the nonlinearity of the material. The combination of the solutions proved the feasibility of using the dielectric elastomer as a mechanical actuator.

  • Artificial muscles based on synthetic dielectric elastomers

    Acrylic copolymers, silicone, and thermoplastic block copolymers have been investigated as artificial muscles. These dielectric elastomers exhibit high actuation strain, pressure, and specific energy density when a high driving voltage is applied across the thin polymer films. I will discuss the chemical and processing aspects that are critical to achieving high actuation performance. One successful example is the highly prestrained acrylic elastomer. We have developed interpenetrating polymer networks (IPN) in which the acrylic network is under high tension balanced by the compression of an additive network were investigated to further enhanced actuation performance. The IPN films at zero or nominal prestrain showed up to 300% actuation strain. The calculated values of maximum actuation energy density and electromechanical coupling factor are 3.5 J/g and 93.7%, respectively. Important actuators enabled by the IPN films and prestrained acrylic films will also be presented.

  • Electromechanical Fatique Testing Device for Dielectric Elastomers under Controllable Environmental Conditions

    Dielectric Elastomers (DEs) represent a promising transducer technology, due to their lightweight, high energy-efficiency, and design flexibility. Their electromechanical properties enable a large field of potential applications including actuators, sensors and generators. To establish commercial DE applications, it is of high importance to quantify the long-term performance of DE transducers under electrical and mechanical load. This paper presents a multifunctional testing device, which allows systematic investigations of the DE long-term and fatigue characteristics under controllable and application- oriented environmental conditions. It provides mechanical and electrical excitation modules in order to fatigue the DEs, as well as measurement modules in order to investigate the DE long-term characteristics. The whole fatigue module can be placed in a climate chamber, which enables adjustments in temperature and humidity. Strip-out-of-plane DE actuators are used as test specimens for the demonstration of the fatigue testing device and first measurement results are presented.

  • The effect of electrode composition on partial discharge behavior in dielectric elastomers

    Dielectric elastomers are a class of field-driven electroactive polymers which utilize a soft dielectric and compliant electrodes to couple electric fields to mechanical strains. As actuators, the charge stored on opposing electrodes generates a compressive force on the soft elastomeric dielectric, and when used as a generator, the changing capacitance resulting from cyclic stretching of the dielectric can be used harvest electric energy. In both cases, a major limiting factor to either the output force of an actuator or the energy per cycle of a generator is the maximum field strength across the dielectric. Other factors include the elastomer's dielectric constant and the stiffness both of the dielectric and of the electrodes. Material degradation due to partial discharges will lower the maximum voltage that can be applied to a dielectric elastomer system. The level of partial discharge activity should be understood for the various design decisions that are made for dielectric elastomer systems. This work will look at the role electrode composition may play in the partial discharge signature. This is recorded using a realtime characterization system to collect data during voltage cycling. In addition, the partial discharge activity detected in the elastomer system using rigid electrodes will be compared to the powdered complaint electrodes typically used for dielectric elastomers.

  • Electrical breakdown of dielectric elastomer and its lamination effect

    Dielectric elastomers have potential as materials for artificial muscle actuators due to their excellent properties such as contractility. To understand the breakdown mechanism, breakdown tests of the dielectric elastomers were performed under different applied field waveforms (dc, ac, or impulse). In addition, the influence of the lamination number on the breakdown strength was investigated. Regardless of the applied field waveform, the breakdown strength decreases as the temperature increases. For a given temperature, the breakdown strength has the following order: impulse breakdown strength > dc breakdown strength > ac breakdown strength. Heating due to the dielectric loss under ac voltage application is considered to reduce the ac breakdown strength displayed at the RMS value, suggesting that a thermal process is responsible for breakdown. Under all applied waveforms, the breakdown strength increases as the lamination number increases.

  • Simulation Analysis and Performance Evaluation of a Vibratory Feeder Actuated by Dielectric Elastomers

    The present paper deals with a novel, alternative excitation device for vibratory feeders which is based on the use of smart materials for motion generation. In particular, the paper investigates how to improve the performance of a vibratory conveyor by replacing the traditional electromagnetic actuator with a new excitation system based on innovative dielectric elastomer membranes. One of the main research goals consists in the design of the dielectric elastomer actuator (geometry, number of membrane layers) in order to ensure to the conveyor the same basic vibratory performance of a conveyor driven by electromagnetic actuator. At the same time, it is expected that the novel actuator solution leads to improved characteristics in terms of energy consumption and weight. A comparative performance analysis has been carried out in terms of frequency, transient, energy, and power responses. The simulation tests performed to characterize the dynamic behavior of the system have been described along with the promising preliminary results.

  • Dielectric elastomers as generators

    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.

  • Energy harvesting using dielectric elastomers

    Smart materials used as generators have received considerable attention lately and several prototypes were built to demonstrate the process. The focus of this paper is to show how the dielectric elastomers can be used as variable capacitor generator, how the maximum energy gain can be withdrawn from the system by realizing an innovative current waveform to charge and discharge the polymer. The paper presents a dynamic model to calculate the capacitance of the electroactive polymer according to the external loading and investigates and compares several energy harvesting cycles based on the energy gain. Several energy harvesting cycles are introduced and their energy output compared. The most promising cycle has been optimized to increase its production while taking several limiting factors into account. By obtaining this optimized innovative current waveform, a suitable power electronics converter can be designed for a real application.

  • Dielectric elastomers and compliant metal electrode technology

    Dielectric elastomers have demonstrated most potential as muscle-like actuators because they can undergo large deformation, have a high energy density and a relatively fast response. The basic structure of a dielectric elastomer (DE) is simple - an elastomer film sandwiched between two electrodes. The electrodes that sandwich the elastomer play a key role in the electromechanical performance. The electrodes must be highly compliant, have low mechanical stiffness and remain conductive for large area strains. Much research emphasis is being placed on the design of more sophisticated complaint electrodes that combine very good conductivity with improved robustness in the face of electrical breakdown. This contribution discusses compliant metal electrode technology and reviews some of the research being carried out in this area at the Mads Clausen Institute.



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