Permittivity of electroactive elastomers alters during deformation. The influence of the permittivity alterations on the electrostriction of elastomers is studied in the present work. Particularly, acrylic elastomer VHB 4910 is considered. A polarization–electric field constitutive theory is introduced accounting for the influence of mechanical deformations. The theory is used to analyze a free electrostriction of a thin elastomer plate. The elastic stress in the plate is described by various constitutive models including neo-Hookean, Yeoh, Arruda-Boyce, and Ogden. Results show that the permittivity alterations during mechanical deformation practically do not affect the process of electrostriction.

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