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

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-54766-2
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-54767-9
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