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.
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