Catastrophic thinning of dielectric elastomers

11 Oct 2016 Zurlo Giuseppe Destrade Michel DeTommasi Domenico Puglisi Giuseppe

We provide a clear energetic insight into the catastrophic nature of the so-called creasing and pull-in instabilities in soft electro-active elastomers. These phenomena are ubiquitous for thin electro-elastic plates and are a major obstacle to the development of giant actuators; yet they are not completely understood nor modelled accurately... (read more)

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  • SOFT CONDENSED MATTER
  • MATERIALS SCIENCE
  • PATTERN FORMATION AND SOLITONS