dc.contributor.authorLau, Gih-Keong
dc.contributor.authorLow, Sze-Shien
dc.contributor.authorChin, Yao-Wei
dc.contributor.authorHeng, Kim-Rui
dc.identifier.citationLau, G. -K., Low, S. -S., Chin, Y. -W., & Heng, K. -R. (2014). Soft Actuators and their Fabrication for Bio-Inspired Mobile Robots. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing (Pro-AM 2014), 185-192.en_US
dc.description.abstractDielectric elastomer actuators (DEA), which are capable of muscle-like actuation, have potential to drive insect-inspired flapping-wing robotfly. There have yet been successfully used to drive flapping wings due to various limitations. This paper revisits their use and integration in a thoracic mechanism as either indirect or direct muscles. Three forms of DEA, i.e. folded, rolled, and pre-stretched membrane, were evaluated and integrated in different thoracic mechanisms. The pre-strained membrane of dielectric elastomer was found capable of generating a large rotation. On the other hand, the folded and rolled ones with either no or little pre-strain performed modestly in this flapping-wing application. Pre-strain was found to be important to maximize the actuator performance. In addition, this paper reviewed manufacturing processes for multi-layered DEAs and possibility of introducing pre-strained in the multi-layered layup.en_US
dc.format.extent8 p.en_US
dc.rights© 2014 by Research Publishing Services.en_US
dc.subjectSoft roboten_US
dc.subjectDielectric elastomer actuatoren_US
dc.titleSoft Actuators and their Fabrication for Bio-Inspired Mobile Robotsen_US
dc.typeConference Paper
dc.contributor.conferenceProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing (Pro-AM 2014)en_US
dc.contributor.researchSingapore Centre for 3D Printingen_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineeringen_US
dc.description.versionPublished versionen_US

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