Decay characteristics of electroadhesive forces by periodic electrodes in dielectric layers
Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 02792, Republic of Korea
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Revised: 15 June 2017
Accepted: 22 June 2017
Published online: 21 July 2017
Electroadhesive force is the force generated by induced dipoles in the gradient of an electric field. Owing to its benefits of mechanical characteristics and versatility, it is widely used to hold and manipulate objects in robotic applications. So far, most studies in this field have been focused on the maximization of the magnitude of electroadhesive force. In this paper, we focus on the decay characteristics of electroadhesive force depending on the spatial distance from electrodes to employ the force to precisely separate a single layer from stacked dielectric layers. It turns out that all configurations with periodically repeating electrodes’ arrangement, have the same decay characteristics which significantly depend on the geometrical period of the electrode patterns. Also, we find that the other parameters including the applied voltage and geometry of electrodes have little effect on the decay characteristics. The electric potential of an arbitrary electrode configuration is expanded in terms of the Fourier series, and we use it to analytically prove the high dependence of decay characteristics on the geometrical period. Numerical analysis is performed using the finite element method.
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