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Abstract

Dielectric elastomers are a type of electroactive polymers that can be conveniently used as sensors, actuators or energy harvesters and the latter is the focus of this review. The relatively high number of publications devoted to dielectric elastomers in recent years is a direct reflection of their diversity, applicability as well as nontrivial electrical and mechanical properties. This chapter provides a review of fundamental mechanical and electrical properties of dielectric elastomers and up-to-date information regarding new developments in this technology and potential applications of such a technology for energy harvesting from various vibration sources explored over the past decade.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Harvesting
EditorsReccab Manyala
PublisherIntechOpen
Chapter4
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78923-393-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-78923-392-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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