Conductive Fabric Heaters for Heat-Activated Soft Actuators
AbstractWe examine electrically conductive fabrics as conductive heaters for heat-activated soft actuators. We have explored various fabric designs optimized for material properties, heat distribution and actuation/de-actuation characteristics of the soft actuators. We implemented this approach in the silicone/ethanol composite actuators, in which ethanol undergoes a thermally-induced phase change, leading to high actuation stress and strain. Various types of conductive fabrics were tested, and we developed a stretchable kirigami-based fabric design. We demonstrate a fabric heater that is capable of cyclic heating of the actuator to the required 80 °C. The fabric with the special kirigami design can withstand temperatures of up to 195 °C, can consume up to 30 W of power, and allows the actuator to reach >30% linear strain. This technology may be used in various systems involving thermally-induced actuation. View Full-Text
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Cartolano, M.; Xia, B.; Miriyev, A.; Lipson, H. Conductive Fabric Heaters for Heat-Activated Soft Actuators. Actuators 2019, 8, 9.
Cartolano M, Xia B, Miriyev A, Lipson H. Conductive Fabric Heaters for Heat-Activated Soft Actuators. Actuators. 2019; 8(1):9.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cartolano, Mark; Xia, Boxi; Miriyev, Aslan; Lipson, Hod. 2019. "Conductive Fabric Heaters for Heat-Activated Soft Actuators." Actuators 8, no. 1: 9.
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