Fabrication and Characterization of Highly Deformable Artificial Muscle Fibers Based on Liquid Crystal Elastomers Journal Article uri icon



  • AbstractArtificial muscles have important applications in areas ranging from robotics to prosthetics and medical devices. In this study, highly deformable artificial muscle fibers that utilize superior actuating properties of liquid crystal elastomers and liquid-like deformability of liquid metal are reported. An effective and low-cost fabrication approach using screen printing technique is developed. The actuating properties of the artificial muscle fibers, including the dependence of temperature, contraction strain, and pulling force of the artificial muscle fiber on electric heating current and heating time, are characterized. The results could provide important guidance to design and for development of soft systems that utilize the actuating mechanisms of liquid crystal elastomers.

publication date

  • April 1, 2021

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Date in CU Experts

  • February 1, 2021 2:12 AM

Full Author List

  • Lu H; Zou Z; Wu X; Shi C; Xiao J

author count

  • 5

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8936

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1528-9036

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