Design of dielectric elastomer actuators for vibration control at high frequencies

Itsuro Kajiwara, Shigeki Kitabatake, Naoki Hosoya, Shingo Maeda

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This study evaluates the basic characteristics of smart structures composed of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) to suppress vibrations. A DEA, which is a lightweight, flexible polymer that can induce high deformations, should realize next-generation actuators. Additionally, DEA can achieve vibration control of structures with complex shapes or curved surfaces. Herein the performance and efficacy of DEAs are evaluated as an actuator for vibration control at high frequencies. First, the appropriate DEA structure is considered. Second, the control system for the smart structure using the DEA is modeled and designed as an actuator. Third, a method to determine DEA's optimum arrangement and shape is discussed by focusing on the structure's strain energy. Finally, a control simulation and a control experiment validate the vibration suppression effects and the efficacy of the DEA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-857
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Mechanical Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul


  • Dielectric elastomer actuator
  • Modal analysis
  • Modal strain energy
  • Smart structure
  • Vibration control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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