Soft Actuators

Materials, Modeling, Applications, and Future Perspectives

  • Kinji Asaka
  • Hidenori Okuzaki

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kinji Asaka, Kayo Nakamura
      Pages 19-30
  3. Materials of Soft Actuators: Thermo-Driven Soft Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Takeshi Yamauchi
      Pages 33-41
    3. Ryo Yoshida
      Pages 55-78
  4. Materials of Soft Actuators: Electro-Driven Soft Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Kunitomo Kikuchi, Shigeki Tsuchitani
      Pages 81-93
    3. Keiichi Kaneto
      Pages 95-109
    4. Hidenori Okuzaki
      Pages 111-126
    5. Takushi Sugino, Kenji Kiyohara, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 127-139
    6. Masayoshi Watanabe, Satoru Imaizumi, Tomohiro Yasuda, Hisashi Kokubo
      Pages 141-156
    7. Toshihiro Hirai
      Pages 169-182
    8. Seiki Chiba
      Pages 183-195
    9. Yoshiro Tajitsu
      Pages 203-215
  5. Materials of Soft Actuators: Light-Driven Soft Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Kimio Sumaru, Toshiyuki Takagi, Shinji Sugiura, Toshiyuki Kanamori
      Pages 219-229
    3. Tetsu Tatsuma
      Pages 245-252
  6. Materials of Soft Actuators: Magneto-Driven Soft Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Toshihiro Hirai
      Pages 255-270
    3. Tetsu Mitsumata
      Pages 271-284
  7. Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Kenji Kiyohara, Takushi Sugino, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 287-297
    3. Yutaka Toi
      Pages 299-312
    4. Kentaro Takagi, Gou Nishida, Bernhard Maschke, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 313-325
    5. Norihiro Kamamichi, Kentaro Takagi, Shigenori Sano
      Pages 327-341
    6. Mihoko Otake
      Pages 343-354
    7. Minoru Hashimoto
      Pages 355-368
  8. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Isao Takahashi, Tomomasa Takatsuka, Munemitsu Abe
      Pages 371-384
    3. Kentaro Takagi, Zhi-Wei Luo, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 385-399
    4. Shuxiang Guo, Liwei Shi
      Pages 401-421
    5. Tadashi Ihara
      Pages 423-433
    6. Mikio Waki, Seiki Chiba
      Pages 447-460
  9. Next-Generation Bio-Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 461-461
    2. Toshia Fujisato, Shunya Takagi, Tomohiro Nakamura, Hiroshi Tsutsui
      Pages 463-473
    3. Daisuke Inoue, Arif Md. Rashedul Kabir, Kazuki Sada, Jian Ping Gong, Akira Kakugo
      Pages 475-487
    4. Ken-Ichi Sano, Ryuzo Kawamura, Yoshihito Osada
      Pages 489-497
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 499-507

About this book


The subject of this book is the current comprehensive research and development of soft actuators, and encompasses interdisciplinary studies of materials science, mechanics, electronics, robotics, and bioscience. As an example, the book includes current research on actuators based on biomaterials to provide future perspectives for artificial muscle technology. Readers can obtain detailed, useful information about materials, methods of synthesis, fabrication, and measurements. The topics covered here not only promote further research and development of soft actuators, but also lead the way to their utilization and industrialization. One outstanding feature of the book is that it contains many color figures, diagrams, and photographs clearly describing the mechanism, apparatus, and motion of soft actuators. The chapter on modeling is conducive to more extensive design work in materials and devices and is especially useful in the development of practical applications. Readers can acquire the newest technology and information about the basic science and practical applications of flexible, lightweight, and noiseless soft actuators, which are quite unlike conventional mechanical engines and electric motors. The new ideas offered in this volume will provide inspiration and encouragement to researchers and developers as they explore new fields of applications for soft actuators.


Artificial Muscle Conductive Polymer Dielectric Elastomer Ionic Polymer Soft Actuator

Editors and affiliations

  • Kinji Asaka
    • 1
  • Hidenori Okuzaki
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)OsakaJapan
  2. 2.University of YamanashiKofuJapan

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