Investigation and simulation of dielectric elastomer actuators used in artificial muscle applications Yapay kas uygulamalarında kullanılan dielektrik elastomer aktuatörlerin incelenmesi ve simülasyonu

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YAZ M., KARAMAN İ., Şahin D. E.

El-Cezeri Journal of Science and Engineering, vol.8, no.3, pp.1254-1263, 2021 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.31202/ecjse.912710
  • Journal Name: El-Cezeri Journal of Science and Engineering
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1254-1263
  • Keywords: Artificial muscle, Conductive elastomer, Dielectric elastomer, Electro-active actuator, Electromechanical efficiency, Soft actuator
  • Yozgat Bozok University Affiliated: Yes


Dielectric Elastomer Actuator (DEA) consists of a thin dielectric elastomer membrane sandwiched between two electrode layers. When low current high voltage is applied to the two conductive layers, opposite loads occur on the surface which tends to pull one another. This voltage application causes thinning in width and expansion in surface area. DEAs are the favorite subject of research due to their low-cost advantages, fast response, high energy density, wide deformation, and softness. Due to the rigidity of the electric motors and the metal components of the robot, soft-acting robots using DEA are preferred to perform complex tasks instead of conventional robots. Robots with DEA have higher flexibility and better adaptability. Therefore, soft robots are popular topic in robotics research. DEAs are the best candidate materials for next-generation soft robot actuators and artificial muscles. In this study, simulation of the robotic systems has been realized by using DEAs calculation methods. Simulation results were compared with the data obtained from the application. This study will be the source of future studies on the subject. In the simulation, Matlab 2016 student and Labview Home and Students programs were used.