The viscoelasticity of the dielectric elastomer, VHB 4910, is experimentally characterized, modeled, and analyzed using uncertainty quantification. These materials are known for their large field induced deformation and applications in smart structures, although the rate dependent viscoelastic effects are not well understood. To address this issue, we first quantify hyperelastic and viscoelastic model uncertainty by comparing a finite deformation viscoelastic model to uni-axial rate dependent experiments. The utilization of Bayesian statistics is shown to provide additional insight into different viscoelastic processes within elastomers. This is demonstrated by coupling two hyperelastic models, an Ogden model and a nonaffine model, to different types of viscoelastic models.

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