Keynote Lecture 4
9:00am - 9:30am
Dielectric elastomers - from experiments and modelling towards simulation based design of smart devices
TU Dortmund University, Germany
Electroactive materials are most attractive for the development and design of smart systems and devices such as actuators and sensors. Typical examples are dielectric elastomers undergoing large strain deformations. Changes in shape can be induced by the action of an electric field, and vice versa. Electroactive polymers facilitate flexible and lightweight smart devices such as artificial muscles (stronger and faster than biological muscles relative to their weight), tunable lenses, acoustic devices and energy harvesting systems, to name but a few.