JRM Vol.19 No.5 pp. 524-527
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2007.p0524


Liquid Crystal Actuator Using Nematic π-Cell

Yoshitaka Mieda and Katsushi Furutani

Department of Advanced Science and Technology, Toyota Technological Institute, 12-1 Hisakata 2-chome, Tempaku-ku, Nagoya 468-8511, Japan

March 26, 2007
May 8, 2007
October 20, 2007
liquid crystals, actuator, π-cell, back flow, manipulation
We propose a liquid crystal actuator using the backflow effect in the nematic π-cell in which a unidirectional flow is generated after the electric field is removed. Applying rectangular AC voltage continuously drives dispersed objects in the π-cell in the direction of rubbing. Using this actuator, we drive microspheres and a film. The drive velocity of dispersed objects depends on the amplitude and frequency of applied voltage.
Cite this article as:
Y. Mieda and K. Furutani, “Liquid Crystal Actuator Using Nematic π-Cell,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.19 No.5, pp. 524-527, 2007.
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