Mechanical, dielectric, and electromechanical properties of silicone dielectric elastomer actuators

Il Jin Kim, Kyoungho Min, Hyunchul Park, Soon Man Hong, Woo Nyon Kim, Seung Hyun Kang, Chong Min Koo

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Silicone elastomer actuators were investigated to develop a simple and industrially scalable product with improved mechanical properties, such as a low modulus, high tearing strength, and good resilience, and enhanced electromechanical actuation properties. Silicone elastomers were fabricated via a hydrosilylation addition reaction with a vinyl-end-functionalized poly(dimethyl siloxane) (V), a multivinyl-functionalized silicone resin, and a crosslinker in the presence of a platinum catalyst. For the larger electromechanical actuation response, the silicone dielectric elastomer actuator had to have a larger molecular weight of poly(dimethyl siloxane), a smaller hardener content, and a resin-free composition. However, the silicone elastomer actuators needed to include a small amount of resin to improve the tearing strength. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2014, 131, 40030.

Original languageEnglish
Article number40030
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar 15


  • crosslinking
  • dielectric properties
  • elastomers
  • sensors and actuators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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