How HASEL actuators work
Electrically-controlled soft linear actuator
The basic structure of HASEL actuators are three main components:
A flexible polymer shell formed into a closed pouch
An insulating liquid contained in the closed pouch
Flexible electrodes covering a portion of the pouch.
When a high voltage is applied to the electrodes, electrostatic forces cause the electrodes to zip together, which pressurizes the fluid and locally displaces it within the pouch, causing shape change in the soft hydraulic structure. The type of motion produced can be tuned, depending on the materials used, the geometry of the electrodes, and the pouch.
Soft, muscle-like performance
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