Low-Voltage-Driven Large-Amplitude Soft Actuators Based on Phase Transition

Ragesh Chellattoan, Arief Yudhanto, Gilles Lubineau

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Abstract

Soft actuators producing large motion in a short time are mostly based on stretchable polymers actuated by pneumatic pressure; they consist of bulky components, including a motor, pump/compressor, tubes, and valves. In this study, we develop a fast-responding large-amplitude soft actuator, based on a liquid–gas phase transition, which produces a compact system. The required pressure is generated solely by the electrically induced phase transition of a fluid in a cavity, mimicking the thigmonastic movements found in plants. We discuss the critical design variables to improve the performance and propose a new design for the electrodes, which are the most critical components. Our bending actuator produces large motion in
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSoft Robotics
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

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