Butterfly proboscis-inspired tight rolling tapered soft actuators

Jeroen A.H.P. Sol, Akhil R. Peeketi, Nihit Vyas, Albertus P.H.J. Schenning, Ratna K. Annabattula (Corresponding author), Michael G. Debije (Corresponding author)

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Liquid crystalline networks have been fashioned into thin films with tapered thicknesses, revealing the possibility of rolling up extremely tightly when triggered thermally or with light. Compared to the often limited bending shown previously in liquid crystal network actuators, these tapered films curl up several hundreds of degrees. Finite element results of simulated functionally graded thin films with tapered thicknesses corroborate well with experimental work.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1726-1729
Aantal pagina's4
TijdschriftChemical Communications, ChemComm
Nummer van het tijdschrift12
StatusGepubliceerd - 5 feb. 2019


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