The onset of compression induces wrinkling in actuation devices based on electroactive polymer thin films, which leads to a sudden decrease in performances and, eventually, to failure. Inspired by the classical tension field theory for thin membranes, we provide a general framework for the analysis of the insurgence of in-plane compressions. Our main result is the analytical deduction of a voltage-dependent domain of tensile configurations in the principal stretches plane.

Compression-induced failure of electroactive polymeric thin films

DE TOMMASI, Domenico;PUGLISI, Giuseppe;
2011

Abstract

The onset of compression induces wrinkling in actuation devices based on electroactive polymer thin films, which leads to a sudden decrease in performances and, eventually, to failure. Inspired by the classical tension field theory for thin membranes, we provide a general framework for the analysis of the insurgence of in-plane compressions. Our main result is the analytical deduction of a voltage-dependent domain of tensile configurations in the principal stretches plane.
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