Study Sheds Light on Soft Artificial Muscles

November 15, 2019
Twisted images courtesy of SEAS

Artificial muscles will power the soft robots and wearable devices of the future, but the underlying mechanics is not well known. Professor L. Mahadevan's study in Physical Review Letters uncovers some of the fundamental physical properties of artificial muscle fibers. The thin soft filaments can stretch, bend and twist into extreme deformations. Mahadevan's study explains the theoretical principles underlying the transformations. Full story and video.

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