Buckling Pneumatic Linear Actuators Inspired by Muscle

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Yang, Dian ; Verma, Mohit Singh ; So, Ju-Hee ; Mosadegh, Bobak ; Keplinger, Christoph ; Lee, Benjamin ; Khashai, Fatemeh ; Lossner, Elton Garret ; Suo, Zhigang ; Whitesides, George McClelland (2016)
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1002/admt.201600055, doi: 10.1002/admt.201600055.
  • Subject: muscle-like actuator | buckling | linear actuator | soft actuators | pneumatic actuation
    arxiv: Quantitative Biology::Tissues and Organs | Computer Science::Robotics | Computer Science::Systems and Control
    mesheuropmc: technology, industry, and agriculture

The mechanical features of biological muscles are difficult to reproduce completely in synthetic systems. A new class of soft pneumatic structures (vacuum-actuated muscle-inspired pneumatic structures) is described that combines actuation by negative pressure (vacuum), with cooperative buckling of beams fabricated in a slab of elastomer, to achieve motion and demonstrate many features that are similar to that of mammalian muscle.
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