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Title: Soft actuators and soft actuating devices

Abstract

A soft buckling linear actuator is described, including: a plurality of substantially parallel bucklable, elastic structural components each having its longest dimension along a first axis; and a plurality of secondary structural components each disposed between and bridging two adjacent bucklable, elastic structural components; wherein every two adjacent bucklable, elastic structural components and the secondary structural components in-between define a layer comprising a plurality of cells each capable of being connected with a fluid inflation or deflation source; the secondary structural components from two adjacent layers are not aligned along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis; and the secondary structural components are configured not to buckle, the bucklable, elastic structural components are configured to buckle along the second axis to generate a linear force, upon the inflation or deflation of the cells. Methods of actuation using the same are also described.

Inventors:
;
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1400230
Patent Number(s):
9,790,968
Application Number:
14/801,961
Assignee:
President and Fellows of Harvard College
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0000989
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2015 Jul 17
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Yang, Dian, and Whitesides, George M. Soft actuators and soft actuating devices. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Yang, Dian, & Whitesides, George M. Soft actuators and soft actuating devices. United States.
Yang, Dian, and Whitesides, George M. 2017. "Soft actuators and soft actuating devices". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1400230.
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abstractNote = {A soft buckling linear actuator is described, including: a plurality of substantially parallel bucklable, elastic structural components each having its longest dimension along a first axis; and a plurality of secondary structural components each disposed between and bridging two adjacent bucklable, elastic structural components; wherein every two adjacent bucklable, elastic structural components and the secondary structural components in-between define a layer comprising a plurality of cells each capable of being connected with a fluid inflation or deflation source; the secondary structural components from two adjacent layers are not aligned along a second axis perpendicular to the first axis; and the secondary structural components are configured not to buckle, the bucklable, elastic structural components are configured to buckle along the second axis to generate a linear force, upon the inflation or deflation of the cells. Methods of actuation using the same are also described.},
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