1A2_0482_ TEXTILE-AMPLIFIED DIELECTRIC ELASTOMER ACTUATORS FOR SOFT ROBOTICS

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Johannes Mersch (TU Dresden, Institute of Textile Machinery and High Performance Material Technology)

Sascha Pfeil

Felix Losche

Henriette Probst

Chokri Cherif

Gerald Gerlach

Published Jul 2, 2019

Abstract

In recent years the field of soft robotics has gained a lot of interest both in academia and industry. One material class used frequently in soft robotics are dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) consisting of a thin elastomer layer between two compliant electrodes. Their low mechanical strength and durability result in the necessity to add support structures. A textile based reinforcement of these actuators is advantageous, due to its highly anisotropic mechanical properties, which enhance the actuation and provide stability. In this paper a Carbon Fiber (CF) based reinforcement structure combined with DEAs is presented and discussed with respect to its actuation properties. 

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