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Fabrication and modeling of dielectric elastomer soft actuator with 3D printed thermoplastic frame

Zhou, Fanghao and Zhang, Mingqi and Cao, Xunuo and Zhang, Zhen and Chen, Xiangping and Xiao, Youhua and Liang, Yiming and Wong, Tuck Whye and Li, Tiefeng and Xu, Zhongbin (2019) Fabrication and modeling of dielectric elastomer soft actuator with 3D printed thermoplastic frame. Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 292 . pp. 112-120. ISSN 0924-4247

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2019.02.017

Abstract

In this paper, we develop the novel approach to design and fabricate dielectric elastomer (DE) actuator integrating with 3D printed flexible structures, demonstrating large deformation and multi-functionalities. This technique facilitates the combination of complex soft structures fused on the DE membrane without any extra adhesive. Based on the DE actuator, a soft gripper has been fabricated and characterized in terms of bending angle and blocked force. Finite element method (FEM) simulations precisely predict the electromechanical behaviors, guiding the design of the soft actuator. With optimal design, the finger-like soft actuator can generate large actuation with the bending angle about of 128 °. This study can guide the fabrication and modeling of highly designable and customized DE actuators, which are promising in the applications of soft robotics, flexible electronics, and medical devices.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:dielectric elastomer actuators, soft actuators, soft gripper
Subjects:T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions:Chemical and Energy Engineering
ID Code:88433
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:15 Dec 2020 08:06
Last Modified:15 Dec 2020 08:06

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