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Novel dielectric elastomer structure of soft robot
Author(s): Chi Li; Yuhan Xie; Xiaoqiang Huang; Junjie Liu; Yongbin Jin; Tiefeng Li
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Paper Abstract

Inspired from the natural invertebrates like worms and starfish, we propose a novel elastomeric smart structure. The smart structure can function as a soft robot. The soft robot is made from a flexible elastomer as the body and driven by dielectric elastomer as the muscle. Finite element simulations based on nonlinear field theory are conducted to investigate the working condition of the structure, and guide the design of the smart structure. The effects of the prestretch, structural stiffness and voltage on the performance of the smart structure are investigated. This work can guide the design of soft robot.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9430, Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015, 943021 (1 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2084015
Show Author Affiliations
Chi Li, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Yuhan Xie, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Xiaoqiang Huang, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Junjie Liu, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Yongbin Jin, Zhejiang Univ. (China)
Tiefeng Li, Zhejiang Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9430:
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2015
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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