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A Jumping Robot Driven by a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator

by Bin Luo 1,†, Bingyang Li 2,†, Yuan Yu 1, Meng Yu 1, Jiaqi Ma 1, Weimin Yang 1, Pengfei Wang 2,* and Zhiwei Jiao 1,*
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College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100000, China
2
Qian Xuesen Laboratory of Space Technology, China Academy of Space Technology, Beijing 100000, China
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Both authors contribute equally to the article.
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(7), 2241; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10072241
Received: 9 March 2020 / Revised: 22 March 2020 / Accepted: 24 March 2020 / Published: 26 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Materials and Structures)
Dielectric elastomer (DE) is a soft material that can deform to a large degree under the action of an electric field. In this paper, multilayer DE films were stacked in parallel to prepare a 20-layer dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA). This DEA could provide a peak output force of 30 N, which significantly improves the driving performance of the DEA and provides conditions for large load driving of the DEA. As a new driving method, the DEA was applied to a jumping robot, and the heavy-weight robot accomplished jumping motion after several cycles of energy storage. View Full-Text
Keywords: dielectric elastomer actuator; jumping robot; multilayer; output force dielectric elastomer actuator; jumping robot; multilayer; output force
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Luo, B.; Li, B.; Yu, Y.; Yu, M.; Ma, J.; Yang, W.; Wang, P.; Jiao, Z. A Jumping Robot Driven by a Dielectric Elastomer Actuator. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 2241.

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