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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
Development of a PVC Gel Actuator with a Particulate Structure

Illustration of surface deformation in the particulate structure

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.

Cite this article as:
Aya Suzuki and Minoru 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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