Smart Thermally Actuating Textiles

Sanchez V., Payne C. J. , Preston D. J. , Alvarez J. T. , Weaver J. C. , Atalay A. T. , ...Daha Fazla

ADVANCED MATERIALS TECHNOLOGIES, cilt.5, sa.8, 2020 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 5 Konu: 8
  • Basım Tarihi: 2020
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1002/admt.202000383


Soft robots have attracted attention for biomedical and consumer devices. However, most of these robots are pneumatically actuated, requiring a tether and thus limiting wearable applications that require multiple controlled actuators. By pairing liquid-vapor phase change actuation with a textile-based laminated manufacturing method, smart thermally actuating textiles (STATs) eliminate the need for a pneumatic tether. STATs are lightweight and unobtrusive for wearable applications and exploit a facile manufacturing approach that supports arbitrary customization of the form factor and easy creation of connected arrays of individual robotic modules. Through integrated sensing and heating elements, STATs demonstrate closed-loop feedback that enables dynamic pressure control in the presence of environmental temperature fluctuations.