Special Issue "Cooperative Microactuator Systems"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825). This special issue belongs to the section "Miniaturized and Micro Actuators".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohl
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Institute of Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Postfach 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
Interests: smart materials; shape memory materials; piezoelectrics; magnetic materials; microtechnology; multistable microactuators; cooperative microactuators; intrinsic sensors
Prof. Dr. Stefan Seelecke
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Department of Systems Engineering and Department of Material Science and Engineering, Saarland University, 66119 Saarbrücken, Germany
Interests: smart material systems; actuators; sensors; dielectric elastomers; shape memory alloys; elastocalorics
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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wallrabe
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Laboratory for Microactuators IMTEK—Department of Microsystems Engineering University of Freiburg Georges-Koehler-Allee 102 79110 Freiburg, Germany
Interests: actuation mechanism for adaptive optical elements; unusual field patterns in piezoelectric actuators; magnetic micro actuators; processes and application of 3D solenoidal micro coils; wireless energy transfer
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Isssue collects the emerging research activities in the field of cooperative microactuator systems, which are expected to generate new synergies, e.g. through parallelization, cascading and multistability as well as through inherent sensing. New theoretically founded concepts will be required for understanding the complex coupling and synergy effects due to the close neighbourhood of microactuators in small space. Furthermore, new methods for design, fabrication and control will be needed to enable the cooperation of similar or different microactuators. This Special Issue seeks contributions in the fields of:

  1. Locomotion systems
  2. Manipulation of objects at different length and time scales
  3. Adaptive optical and mechanical systems
  4. Fluid flow control systems

Prof. Dr. Manfred Kohl
Prof. Dr. Stefan Seelecke
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Wallrabe
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Microactuator systems
  • Inherent sensing 
  • Microsystems technology
  • Integration of smart materials
  • Modeling of multiphysical coupling effects
  • Coupled simulation of complex systems
  • Control and systems engineering

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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