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Elastic Inflatable Actuators for Soft Robotic Applications

Gorissen, B and Reynaerts, D and Konishi, S and Yoshida, K and Kim, JW and De Volder, M (2017) Elastic Inflatable Actuators for Soft Robotic Applications. Advanced Materials. p. 1604977. ISSN 0935-9648

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Abstract

© 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. The 20th century's robotic systems have been made from stiff materials, and much of the developments have pursued ever more accurate and dynamic robots, which thrive in industrial automation, and will probably continue to do so for decades to come. However, the 21st century's robotic legacy may very well become that of soft robots. This emerging domain is characterized by continuous soft structures that simultaneously fulfill the role of robotic link and actuator, where prime focus is on design and fabrication of robotic hardware instead of software control. These robots are anticipated to take a prominent role in delicate tasks where classic robots fail, such as in minimally invasive surgery, active prosthetics, and automation tasks involving delicate irregular objects. Central to the development of these robots is the fabrication of soft actuators. This article reviews a particularly attractive type of soft actuators that are driven by pressurized fluids. These actuators have recently gained traction on the one hand due to the technology push from better simulation tools and new manufacturing technologies, and on the other hand by a market pull from applications. This paper provides an overview of the different advanced soft actuator configurations, their design, fabrication, and applications.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 20:01
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 01:28
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