||In the joint research project DIELASTAR novel
actuator and drive systems based on Dielectric Elastomers are investigated.
These novel energy-efficient transducers serve as actuating elements for
mechanical systems and are potential candidates for the use in many application
areas in the future. Besides of a low-cost production, a further advantage of
actuators based on Dielectric Elastomers is a strategic independence from raw
materials like copper and ferromagnetic materials, which are widely used in
state-of-the-art electrical drives.
Within the scope of the project new approaches
dealing with the improvement of the material properties of elastomeric films are
pursued, new processes for manufacturing actuator modules are developed and
actuator modules and a specially
designed electronics are integrated into
applications and components in order to analyze the long-term stability and
performance in a rough industrial environment.
In case of
successfully mastering all technological challenges, the project results exert a
considerable leverage effect in terms of positive benefits for further
application areas, often requiring energy-efficient mechanical motions. In
addition to the industrial applications, power engineering and automation
engineering - areas the project is focused on - further suitable areas of use
such as automotive engineering, medical devices and especially prosthetics are
conceivable, so that a wider social benefit of the energy-efficient material and
actuator technology can be stated.