Publications

 Journal paper:

Moretti G., Fontana M., Vertechy R., Model-Based Design and Optimization of a Dielectric Elastomer Power Take-Off for Oscillating Wave Surge Energy Converters. Meccanica. Special Issue on Soft Mechatronics (DOI: 10.1007/s11012-015-0235-8).

Moretti, G., Fontana, M., Vertechy, R. (2015). Parallelogram-shaped dielectric elastomer generators: Analytical model and experimental validation. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 26(6), 740–751. (DOI: 10.1177/1045389X14563861) .

Vertechy R., Rosati Papini G.P., Fontana M., Reduced Model And Application Of Inflating Circular Diaphragm Dielectric Elastomer Generators For Wave Energy Harvesting, Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, vol.137, no.1, Feb 2015.  (DOI: 10.1115/1.4028508) .

Preparation of new electroactive silicone composites and their testing as artificial muscles, M. Iacob, A. Bele, X. Patras, S. Pasca, M. Butnaru, M. Alexandru, M. Cazacu, Materials Science and Engineering C – Materials for Biological Applications 2014, 392-402.

Polydimethylsiloxane-barium titanate composites: preparation and evaluation of the moisture, thermal, mechanical and dielectric behavior, A. Bele, M. Cazacu, G. Stiubianu, S. Vlad, M. Ignat, Composites: Part B 2015, 68, 237–245.

Silicone-barium titanate composites with increased electromechanical sensitivity. The effects of the filler morphology, A. Bele, M. Cazacu, G. Stiubianu, S. Vlad, RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 58522–58529.

Proceedings:

Moretti G., Papini Rosati G.P., Alves M., Grases M., Fontana M., Analysis And Design Of An Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converter With Dielectric Elastomer Power Take-Off. To appear in ASME 2015 34rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering OMAE2015-42103.

Vertechy R., Fontana M., Electromechanical characterization of a new synthetic rubber membrane for dielectric elastomer transducers, To appear in Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015, (March 9, 2015).

Moretti G., Cherubini A., Vertechy R., Fontana M., Experimental characterization of actuators based on coiled polymeric-wire, To appear in Proc. SPIE 9432, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2015, (March 9, 2015).

Righi, M., Vertechy, R. Fontana M., Experimental Characterization Of A Circular Diaphragm Dielectric Elastomer Generator In Proceedings of the ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS2014) SMASIS2014-7565, Newport, Rhode Island, USA September 8–10, 2014. [STUDENT BEST HARDWARE COMPETITION FINALIST]

Moretti G., Fontana M., Vertechy R. Modeling Of A Heaving Buoy Wave Energy Converter With Stacked Dielectric Elastomergenerator. In Proceedings of the ASME 2014 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS2014) SMASIS2014-7565, Newport, Rhode Island, USA September 8–10, 2014.

Moretti, G., Forehand, D., Vertechy, R., Fontana, M., Ingram, D., “Modeling Of An Oscillating Wave Surge Converter With Dielectric Elastomer Power Take-Off,” ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering23559 (2014).

Fontana M., Moretti G., Lenzo B.; Vertechy R.  Loading system mechanism for dielectric elastomer generators with equi-biaxial state of deformation. Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 90561F (March 8, 2014).

Vertechy R., Fontana M., Rosati Papini G. P., Forehand D. In-tank tests of a dielectric elastomer generator for wave energy harvesting. Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 90561G (March 8, 2014).

Vertechy R., Fontana M., Stiubianu G., Cazacu M. Open-access dielectric elastomer property database,” Proc. SPIE 9056, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2014, 90561R (March 8, 2014).

Vertechy, R., Fontana, M., Papini, G. R., & Bergamasco, M. (2013, April). Oscillating-water-column wave-energy-converter based on dielectric elastomer generator. In SPIE Smart Structures and Materials+ Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring (pp. 86870I-86870I). International Society for Optics and Photonics [PDF (pre-print) , BIB, DOI ]

Moretti G., Fontana M., Vertechy R. Modelling and Control of Lozenge-Shaped Dielectric Elastomer Generators. In Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS2013) SMASIS2013-3258, Snowbird, Utah, USA, September 16–18, 2013 (p. V001T03A039; 10 pages). [PDF] .

Rosati G. P., Vertechy R., Fontana M. Dynamic Model Of Dielectric Elastomer Diaphragm Generators For Oscillating Water Column Wave Energy Converters. In Proceedings of the ASME 2013 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS2013) SMASIS2013-3258, Snowbird, Utah, USA, September 16–18, 2013 (p. V001T03A038; 9 pages). [PDF].

Presentations:

Conferences

SPIE2015 Smart Structure NDE: Invited presentation, Dielectric elastomers for wave energy harvesting: current status and future expectations, Rocco Vertechy, Marco Fontana, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy)

Vertechy, R.; Fontana, M., Assessment of a wave energy converter based on dielectric elastomers via hardware-in-the-loop simulations, Linköping, 10-11 June 2014.

“New mechanisms and concepts for exploi4ng electroactive Polymers for Wave Energy Conversion: PolyWEC EU Project” INORE 2014 Symposium, Cantabria, Spain, 11-17 May 2014

Vertechy, R., Fontana, M., Bergamasco, M., Hyperelastic models for dielectric elastomers, EuroEAP 2013 Conference Poster Session, Dübendorf (Zürich), 25-26 June 2013.

Fontana, M., Vertechy, R., Bergamasco, M., New mechanisms and concepts for exploiting electroactive Polymers for Wave Energy Conversion: PolyWEC EU Project, EuroEAP 2013 Conference Poster Session, Dübendorf (Zürich), 25-26 June 2013.

Effects of shape and size of the ceramic filler particles on the electromechanical properties of the silicone composites, Adrian Bele, Maria Cazacu, George Theodor Stiubianu, EuroEAP 2014, 4th International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) transducers & artificial muscles, 10-11 Iunie 2014, Linköping, Sweden – poster, pill presentation.

Full silicone interpenetrating bi-networks with different organic groups to the silicon atoms, Codrin Tugui, Maria Cazacu, Stelian Vlad, Cristian Ursu, EuroEAP 2014, 4th International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) transducers & artificial muscles, 10-11 Iunie 2014, Linköping, Sweden – poster, pill presentation.

Strategies and own results on the development and optimization of silicone materials for electromechanical applications, Maria Cazacu, Carmen Racles, George Stiubianu, Adrian Bele, Codrin Tugui, EuroEAP 2014, 4th International Conference on Electromechanically Active Polymer (EAP) transducers & artificial muscles, 10-11 Iunie 2014, Linköping, Sweden- poster, pill presentation.

Public Events:

Vertechy, R., Fontana, M., “Researchers Night”, Livorno, Vialla Letizia. In the framework of the European initiative. September 2014.

Vertechy, R., Fontana, M., “Researchers Night”, Livorno, Vialla Letizia. In the framework of the European initiative. 23 September 2013.

Fontana, M.,  Nuova energia dalle onde del mare: il futuro è nei materiali gommosi? (in Italian) , Sant’Anna Science Cafe, June 27th Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.