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Liquid Metal Soft Machines

Principles and Applications

  • Jing Liu
  • Lei Sheng
  • Zhi-Zhu He

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 1-12
  3. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 13-35
  4. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 37-54
  5. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 91-108
  6. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 109-129
  7. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 131-171
  8. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 173-197
  9. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 199-222
  10. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 223-248
  11. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 249-266
  12. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 267-285
  13. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 287-309
  14. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 311-328
  15. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 329-358
  16. Jing Liu, Lei Sheng, Zhi-Zhu He
    Pages 359-372

About this book

Introduction

This book discusses the core principles and practical applications of a brand new machine category: liquid-metal soft machines and motors. After a brief introduction on the conventional soft robot and its allied materials, it presents the new conceptual liquid-metal machine, which revolutionizes existing rigid robots, both large and small. It outlines the typical features of the soft liquid-metal materials and describes the various transformation capabilities, mergence of separate metal droplets, self-rotation and planar locomotion of liquid-metal objects under external or internal mechanism. Further, it introduces a series of unusual phenomena discovered while developing the shape changeable smart soft machine and interprets the related mechanisms regarding the effects of the shape, size, voltage, orientation and geometries of the external fields to control the liquid-metal transformers. Moreover, the book illustrates typical strategies to construct a group of different advanced functional liquid-metal soft machines, since such machines or robots are hard to fabricate using rigid-metal or conventional materials. With highly significant fundamental and practical findings, this book is intended for researchers interested in establishing a general method for making future smart soft machine and accompanying robots.

Keywords

Liquid metal Soft machine Soft robot Liquid machine Tiny motor Artificial life Shape changeable elements Transformable structure Soft tool Transient state machine

Authors and affiliations

  • Jing Liu
    • 1
  • Lei Sheng
    • 2
  • Zhi-Zhu He
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of MedicineTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Technical Institute of Physics and ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.College of EngineeringChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2709-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-2708-7
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-2709-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-3293
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-3307
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