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JRM Vol.34 No.2 pp. 273-275
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2022.p0273
(2022)

Letter:

Development of a PVC Gel Actuator with a Particulate Structure

Aya Suzuki and Minoru Hashimoto

Open Venture Innovation Center (OVIC), Shinshu University
2-16-24 Fumiiri, Ueda, Nagano 386-0017, Japan

Received:
October 5, 2021
Accepted:
November 1, 2021
Published:
April 20, 2022
Keywords:
PVC gel actuator, PVC gel, polyvinyl chloride, soft actuator
Abstract

Actuators are usually driven in a uniaxial direction, which limits their ability to be driven with multiple degrees of freedom. In this study, we propose an actuator that is not limited to a uniaxial direction. We developed a polyvinyl chloride gel actuator with a particulate structure. The actuator can change its surface shape by displacing each particle in the structure. As the first step in this experiment, each particle was displaced independently, by applying a voltage to the anode to change the actuator’s surface into an uneven shape.

Illustration of surface deformation in the particulate structure

Illustration of surface deformation in the particulate structure

Cite this article as:
A. Suzuki and M. Hashimoto, “Development of a PVC Gel Actuator with a Particulate Structure,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.34 No.2, pp. 273-275, 2022.
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