A deformable linear dielectric elastomer actuator

Ardi Wiranata, Shingo Maeda

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Dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) is a compact device that consists of stretchable electrodes and elastomers. This device is energy efficient in performance and holds great promise in the development of soft actuators. DEAs performance relies significantly on the mechanical properties of its elastomers. This present study focuses on evaluating the soft material made of Sylgard 184 as the elastomers for DEAs. Sylgard 184 is a silicone elastomer that comes with two main parts (elastomers and its curing agent). A specific mixing ratio between elastomers and curing agent is essential to produce solid and reliable silicone elastomer. The recommended ratio for the elastomer solution was ten parts for the elastomers and one part for the curing agent (10:1). Producing softer elastomers was possible by reducing the curing agent. However, the performance of the material was unknown. We performed a series of cyclic tensile tests to understand the mechanical characteristic of the elastomer made of Sylgard 184. The result shows that reducing the curing agent did not have a significant effect on its cyclic performance. Furthermore, the use of a 30:1 ratio in the application of DEAs and deformable linear actuator indicates stable performance for both devices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymposium of Materials Science and Chemistry III
EditorsAhmad Kusumaatmaja, Tutik Dwi Wahyuningsih, Dwi Siswanta, Indriana Kartini, Roto Roto, Keisuke Ohto, Julius Motuzas, Taufik Abdillah Natsir, Melati Khairuddean
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783035717754
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event6th International Conference on Science and Technology, ICST 2020 - Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 2020 Sept 72020 Sept 8

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
Volume884 KEM
ISSN (Print)1013-9826
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9795


Conference6th International Conference on Science and Technology, ICST 2020


  • Dielectric elastomer
  • Linear actuator
  • PDMS
  • Silicone
  • Tensile test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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