An overview of novel actuators for soft robotics
Reviewartikel, 2018

In this systematic survey, an overview of non-conventional actuators particularly used in soft-robotics is presented. The review is performed by using well-defined performance criteria with a direction to identify the exemplary and potential applications. In addition to this, initial guidelines to compare the performance and applicability of these novel actuators are provided. The meta-analysis is restricted to five main types of actuators: shape memory alloys (SMAs), fluidic elastomer actuators (FEAs), shape morphing polymers (SMPs), dielectric electro-activated polymers (DEAPs), and magnetic/electro-magnetic actuators (E/MAs). In exploring and comparing the capabilities of these actuators, the focus was on eight different aspects: compliance, topology-geometry, scalability-complexity, energy efficiency, operation range, modality, controllability, and technological readiness level (TRL). The overview presented here provides a state-of-the-art summary of the advancements and can help researchers to select the most convenient soft actuators using the comprehensive comparison of the suggested quantitative and qualitative criteria.

DEAP

FEA

SMA

Soft-robotics

Actuator performance

E/MA

SMP

Författare

Pinar Boyraz Baykas

Istanbul Teknik Universitesi (ITÜ)

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Fordonssäkerhet

Gundula Runge

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Annika Raatz

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Actuators

2076-0825 (eISSN)

Vol. 7 3 48

Ämneskategorier

Textil-, gummi- och polymermaterial

Robotteknik och automation

Datorsystem

DOI

10.3390/act7030048

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