Topology optimization of dielectric elastomers for wide tunable band gaps

Bortot, Eliana, Amir, Oded and Shmuel, Gal (2018) Topology optimization of dielectric elastomers for wide tunable band gaps. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 143. pp. 262-273. ISSN 0020-7683

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Dielectric elastomer composites exhibit band gaps—ranges of frequencies at which elastic waves cannot propagate—that are tunable by electrostatically-controlled deformations. We show how topology optimization of such composites can widen these gaps and improve their tunability. Our case study focuses on anti-plane shear waves in fiber composites, across a designated frequency range. Employing a genetic algorithm approach, we maximize the gap width when the composite is actuated by prescribed electric fields, as well the relative change in the gap width with respect to an unactuated composite. We present optimization results for a composite whose constituents agree with commercial products. We compare these results with the performance of a composite of the same constituents arranged in circular fibers, to demonstrate the improvement achieved by the optimization. We expect that the performance of dielectric elastomer composites can be further improved, by employing a larger design space than the exemplary space in this study.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dielectric elastomer composite, Tunability, Phononic crystal, Topology optimization, Band gap, Finite deformation, Wave propagation
Subjects: J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 13:27
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 20:45

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