This work presents the design, fabrication and testing of a comprehensive DEAP test station. The tester is designed to perform tensile tests of planar DEAPs while measuring quantities such as tensile force, stretch, film thickness and voltage/current. The work details the specimen preparation and how the specimen is placed in the clamps. While the assembly process is performed by hand features were built-in to the design of the specimen frame and clamps to enable reliable placement and specimen geometry. Test results of the pure-shear specimen demonstrated good performance of the testing device. Although the electrode surface was rough the thickness stretch was evident during the stretching/actuation of the DEAP actuator.

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