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<div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-6 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/76">research</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-8 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3534">pull-in instability</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/8041">creasing-cratering instability</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2882">Continuum mechanics; nonlinear elasticity</a></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong>Consider a thin dielectric plate with conducting faces: when will it break if a voltage is applied? If it is rigid it will break once its dielectric strength is overcome by the voltage. But what if it is highly stretchable, like the elastomers used for soft actuators, stretchable electronics, or energy harvesters? The precise answer to that question is not known.</strong> </p>
<p>In a paper to appear on <em><strong>Physical Review Letters</strong></em> [1,2], together with Michel Destrade (NUI-Galway-Ireland), Domenico DeTommasi & Giuseppe Puglisi (Politecnico di Bari-Italy) we have addressed this long standing problem. Our analysis does not require the machinery of classical bifurcation methods. It provides a new paradigm for understanding electromechanical instability, which we find corresponds to a threshold where the electroelastic energy does not possess minimisers in a general class of homogeneous and non-homogeneous deformations. </p>
<p>For both unconstrained and constrained films, by addressing at the same time the problems of electro-creasing and pull-in instabilities, with and without pre-stretch and for a quite general class of incompressible materials, we obtain the following simple unifying formula for the dimensionless critical electric field: </p>
<p> Ecrit=(2/√3)*(W'(I)/μ)^(½)*min(1/λ1,1/λ2)</p>
<p>where (λ1,λ2) are the principal stretches in the plane of the thin membrane, W is the elastic energy density, I=λ1^2+λ2^2+(λ1 λ2)^(-2) is the first invariant of deformation and μ=2W'(3) is the inital shear modulus. The dimensionless electric field is here defined as E=(√ε /√μ)*(V/h), where ε is the dielectric permittivity, V the voltage and h the reference thickness of the membrane. </p>
<p>For <strong>creasing instability</strong> in absence of prestretch, our formula gives Ec=√(2/3)=0.816, less than 4% off the value Ec=0.85 obtained experimentally by Wang et al.[3]. For <strong>pull-in instability</strong> in absence of dead-loads, our formula gives Ec=√2/(3^(2/3))=0.680, falling squarely within the range of the experimental values measured by Pelrine et al. [4]. </p>
<p>In presence of prestretch, our formula captures the fundamental features of both electro-creasing and pull-in instability. Relative to pull-in, in the figure at left the curves a,b,c,d are the homogeneous loading paths for different applied dead loads to a silicone thin membrane. The intersections of these curves with the blue critical voltage curve correspond to catastrophic thinning, which is in very good agreement with the experimental measurements of Huang et al.[5]. </p>
<p> <img src="http://imageshack.com/a/img924/1645/P4ycXJ.png" alt=" Critical Voltage vs Experiments (Z.Suo's Group)" width="243" height="253" /> <img src="http://imageshack.com/a/img922/3457/mkCRDO.png" alt="Creasing" width="261" height="255" /></p>
<p>In the right figure, we plot the critical electric field versus prestretch for electro-creasing. The blue curves reproduce the peculiar "U-shape" that was experimentally measured by Wang et al. [6] for this type of instability. The idea behind our derivation is that above the critical electric field, the electroelastic free energy ceases to be convex in the vector (Grad λ3)=(∂λ3/∂X1,∂λ3/∂X2), where λ3 is the stretch of the thin membrane in the thickness direction and (X1,X2) are in-plane coordinates. The vector Grad λ3 accounts for deformation inhomogeneities. For a thin membrane, the electroelastic free energy can be asymptotically expanded in the (small) reference thickness as</p>
<p>ψ(λi,Grad λ3)=h φ(λi)+ h³ (α1(λi)(∂λ3/∂X1)²+α2(λi)(∂λ3/∂X2)²), </p>
<p>where i=1,2. While homogeneous configurations correspond to ∂φ(λi)/∂λi=0, this energy becomes non-convex in Grad λ3 as soon as one of the two functions α1-α2 becomes negative. This happens when the electric field overcomes a critical threshold, corresponding to the formula for Ec given above, see the figure below that refers to electrocreasing. The total free energy clearly becomes non-convex in Grad λ3 above Ec=0.816. </p>
<p> <img src="http://imageshack.com/a/img923/961/xNEMo6.png" alt="energy" width="282" height="233" /></p>
<p>With our analysis, that is simply based on the inspection of loss of convexity of ψ(λi,Grad λ3) rather than on lengthy bifurcation methods, we foster new experimental campaigns and new analytical studies to generate a finer physical picture of the catastrophic thinning phenomenon in soft dielectrics. You may find more details in the forthcoming paper on PRL or on its ArXiV version referenced below. </p>
<p>Any comment will be gladly welcome!</p>
<p>Kind regards,</p>
<p>Giuseppe </p>
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<p>[1] <a href="https://journals.aps.org/prl/accepted/5f076Y18Kbb1ac4ed8f93f49a3ee764f0dd938eb8">https://journals.aps.org/prl/accepted/5f076Y18Kbb1ac4ed8f93f49a3ee764f0d...</a></p>
<p>[2] <a href="https://arxiv.org/pdf/1610.03257v1.pdf">https://arxiv.org/pdf/1610.03257v1.pdf</a></p>
<p>[3] Wang Q., Zhang L., Zhao X., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 118301 (2011)</p>
<p>[4] Pelrine R. E., Kornbluh R. D., Joseph J. P., Sensors Actu. A64, 77–85 (1998)</p>
<p>[5] Huang J., Li T., Foo C. C., Zhu J., Clarke D. R., Suo Z., Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 041911 (2012)</p>
<p>[6] Wang Q., Tahir M., Zang J., Zhao X., Adv. Mater., 24, 1947–1951 (2012)</p>
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Electromechanical instabilities of thermoplastics: Theory and in situ observation
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<a href="user/21855">Qiming Wang</a>, Xiaofan Niu, Qibing Pei, Michael Dickey, <a href="user/51">Xuanhe Zhao</a>*
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Appl. Phys. Lett. 101, 141911 (2012); <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4757867">http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4757867</a>
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Abstract: Thermoplastics under voltages are used in diverse applications ranging from insulating cables to organic capacitors. Electromechanical instabilities have been proposed as a mechanism that causes electrical breakdown of thermoplastics. However, existing experiments cannot provide direct observations of the instability process, and existing theories for the instabilities generally assume thermoplastics are mechanically unconstrained. Here, we report in situ observations of electromechanical instabilities in various thermoplastics. A theory is formulated for electromechanical instabilities of thermoplastics under different mechanical constraints. We ﬁnd that the instabilities generally occur in thermoplastics when temperature is above their glass transition temperatures and electric ﬁeld reaches a critical value. The critical electric ﬁeld for the instabilities scales with square root of yield stress of the thermoplastic and depends on its Young’s modulus and hardening property.
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PDF is available at <a href="http://www.duke.edu/~xz69/papers/44.pdf">http://www.duke.edu/~xz69/papers/44.pdf</a> <br />
*E-mail: <a href="mailto:xz69@duke.edu">xz69@duke.edu</a>
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</div></div></div>Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:13:34 +0000Qiming Wang13399 at https://www.imechanica.orghttps://www.imechanica.org/node/13399#commentshttps://www.imechanica.org/crss/node/13399