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 19-35
  3. Materials of Soft Actuators: Thermo-Driven Soft Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Takeshi Yamauchi
      Pages 39-47
    3. Abu Bin Imran, Mohammad Harun-Ur-Rashid, Yukikazu Takeoka
      Pages 81-147
  4. Materials of Soft Actuators: Electro-Driven Soft Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Kunitomo Kikuchi, Shigeki Tsuchitani
      Pages 151-169
    3. Keiichi Kaneto
      Pages 171-185
    4. Hidenori Okuzaki
      Pages 187-202
    5. Takushi Sugino, Kenji Kiyohara, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 203-215
    6. Masayoshi Watanabe, Satoru Imaizumi, Tomohiro Yasuda, Hisashi Kokubo
      Pages 217-232
    7. Toshihiro Hirai
      Pages 245-258
    8. Seiki Chiba
      Pages 259-273
    9. Yoshiro Tajitsu
      Pages 275-287
  5. Materials of Soft Actuators: Light-Driven Soft Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
    2. Kimio Sumaru, Toshiyuki Takagi, Shinji Sugiura, Toshiyuki Kanamori
      Pages 309-320
    3. Tetsu Tatsuma
      Pages 335-343
  6. Materials of Soft Actuators: Magneto-Driven Soft Actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Toshihiro Hirai
      Pages 347-362
    3. Tetsu Mitsumata
      Pages 363-376
  7. Modeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-377
    2. Kenji Kiyohara, Takushi Sugino, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 379-388
    3. Kentaro Takagi, Gou Nishida, Bernhard Maschke, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 403-415
    4. Mihoko Otake
      Pages 429-440
    5. Minoru Hashimoto
      Pages 441-454
    6. Zicai Zhu, Hualing Chen, Longfei Chang
      Pages 455-502
    7. Zicai Zhu, Hualing Chen, Yanjie Wang
      Pages 503-545
    8. Bo Li, Hualing Chen, Guimin Chen
      Pages 547-560
    9. Bo Li, Longfei Chang, Yanjie Wang
      Pages 561-580
    10. Kentaro Takagi, Norihiro Kamamichi, Ken Masuya, Kenji Tahara, Toshihira Irisawa, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 581-596
  8. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 597-597
    2. Kentaro Takagi, Zhi-Wei Luo, Kinji Asaka
      Pages 599-613
    3. Shuxiang Guo, Liwei Shi
      Pages 615-635
    4. Tadashi Ihara, Taro Nakamura
      Pages 637-643
    5. Mikio Waki, Seiki Chiba
      Pages 645-660
  9. Next-Generation Bio-actuators

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 677-677
    2. Toshia Fujisato, Shunya Takagi, Tomohiro Nakamura, Hiroshi Tsutsui
      Pages 679-690
    3. Jakia Jannat Keya, Kentaro Kayano, Arif Md. Rashedul Kabir, Akira Kakugo
      Pages 691-709
    4. Ryuzo Kawamura, Ken-Ichi Sano, Yoshihito Osada
      Pages 711-722
    5. Yoshiyuki Takashima, Kaoru Uesugi, Keisuke Morishima
      Pages 723-740

About this book


This book is the second edition of Soft Actuators, originally published in 2014, with 12 chapters added to the first edition. The subject of this new edition is current comprehensive research and development of soft actuators, covering interdisciplinary study of materials science, mechanics, electronics, robotics, and bioscience. The book includes contemporary research of actuators based on biomaterials for their potential in future artificial muscle technology. Readers will find detailed and useful information about materials, methods of synthesis, fabrication, and measurements to study soft actuators. Additionally, the topics of materials, modeling, and applications not only promote the further research and development of soft actuators, but bring benefits for utilization and industrialization. This volume makes generous use of color figures, diagrams, and photographs that provide easy-to-understand descriptions of the mechanisms, apparatus, and motions of soft actuators. Also, in this second edition the chapters on modeling, materials design, and device design have been given a wider scope and made easier to comprehend, which will be helpful in practical applications of soft actuators. Readers of this work can acquire the newest technology and information about basic science and practical applications of flexible, lightweight, and noiseless soft actuators, which differ from conventional mechanical engines and electric motors. This new edition of Soft Actuators will inspire readers with fresh ideas and encourage their research and development, thus opening up a new field of applications for the utilization and industrialization of 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)IkedaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate Faculty of Interdisciplinary ResearchUniversity of YamanashiKofuJapan

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