Special Issue "Electroactive Polymer Actuators for Soft Robotics"
A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).
Interests: soft robotics; electro-active polymers; biomedical technologies; bio-inspired locomotion
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The use of flexible and deformable technologies is a new paradigm in robotic design and this emerging soft robotic approach can create robots that robustly deal with uncertainty, interact more safely with humans and compliantly interact with unstructured environments. However, the requirement of many compliant actuators to be tethered to hard supply systems such as pumps or electric motors has become a technological bottleneck, which can limit the scalability, autonomy and mobility of soft robotic systems.
Electro-active polymer (EAP) actuators are a rapidly advancing class of transduction technologies that are highly scalable and operate under electrical stimuli, which frees them from bulky sub-systems. This enables their integration within inherently compliant structures for advanced soft robotic functionality such as self-sensing actuation, self-healing and embodied intelligence. EAP actuators are characterized by large active strains, which in some cases can be comparable to biological muscle, and this creates considerable potential for advanced bio-inspired and biomedical systems.
Despite these attractive characteristics, challenges such as robust control, modelling non-linear behaviour and scalable fabrication have limited the application of EAP soft robotic systems outside of laboratory conditions. This Special Issue of Actuators will present high quality publications that describe the latest advances of EAP actuators towards soft robotic systems.Dr. Andrew T. Conn
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Soft robotics
- Artificial muscles
- Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs)
- Ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs)
- Piezoelectric polymers
- Conductive polymers
- Ferroelectric polymers
- Fabrication of EAPs
- Control of EAPs