Abstract

Shape-memory polymer (SMP) can be deformed by applying a small load above its glass transition temperature (T g). Shape-memory polymer maintains its shape after it has cooled below T g and returns to a predefined shape when subsequently heated above T g . The reversible change in the elastic modulus between the glassy and rubbery states of an SMP can be on the order of several hundred times. Based on the change in stiffness of the SMP in relation to the change in temperature, the present study attempts to evaluate the application of the SMP to soft actuators of a robot. In order to control the temperature of the SMP, we developed an SMP sheet with an embedded electrical heating wire. We formed a uniform, thin SMP sheet without air bubbles using a heat press. The SMP sheet with a heating wire can be heated quickly and can be maintained at a constant temperature.


Type

Journal Article

Volume

23

Date

2014-12-01

Webpage

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Creators

Takashima, Kazuto (Author)
Sugitani, Kazuhiro (Author)
Morimoto, Naohiro (Author)
Sakaguchi, Seiya (Author)
Noritsugu, Toshiro (Author)
Mukai, Toshiharu (Author)

Issue

12

DOI
10.1088/0964-1726/23/12/125005


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