Among the broad class of electro-active polymers, dielectric elastomer actuators represent a rapidly growing technology for electromechanical transduction. In order to further develop this applied science, the high driving voltages currently needed must be reduced. For this purpose, one of the most promising and adopted approach is to increase the dielectric constant while maintaining both low dielectric losses and high mechanical compliance. In this work, a dielectric elastomer was prepared by dispersing functionalised carbon nanotubes into a polyurethane matrix and the effects of filler dispersion into the matrix were studied in terms of dielectric, mechanical and electromechanical performance. An interesting increment of the dielectric constant was observed throughout the collected spectrum while the loss factor remained almost unchanged with respect to the simple matrix, indicating that conductive percolation paths did not arise in such a system. Consequences of the chemical functionalisation of carbon nanotubes with respect to the use of unmodified filler were also studied and discussed along with rising benefits and drawbacks for the whole composite material.
|Titolo:||Properties of a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator Modified by Dispersion of Functionalised Carbon Nanotubes|
|Anno del prodotto:||2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|