Analytical asymptotic approximations for large amplitude nonlinear free vibration of a dielectric elastomer balloon

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2255-2264
Journal / PublicationNonlinear Dynamics
Issue number3
Online published4 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


Dielectric elastomer is a prosperous material in electromechanical systems because it can effectively transform electrical energy to mechanical work. In this paper, the period and periodic solution for a spherical dielectric elastomer balloon subjected to static pressure and voltage are derived through an analytical method, called the Newton–harmonic balance (NHB) method. The elastomeric spherical balloon is modeled as an autonomous nonlinear differential equation with general and negatively powered nonlinearities. The NHB method enables to linearize the governing equation prior to applying the harmonic balance method. Even for such a nonlinear system with negatively powered variable and non-classical non-odd nonlinearity, the NHB method is capable of deriving highly accurate approximate solutions. Several practical examples with different initial stretch ratios are solved to illustrate the dynamic inflation of elastomeric spherical balloons. When the initial amplitude is sufficiently large, the system will lose its stability. Comparison with Runge–Kutta numerical integration solutions is also presented and excellent agreement has been observed.

Research Area(s)

  • Analytical approximation, Dielectric elastomer, Newton–harmonic balance, Nonlinear free vibration