In support of multiple R&D efforts to increase the lifetime and reliability of HASEL actuators, Artimus Robotics is constantly running lifetime tests of HASEL actuators for customer applications and general R&D projects. These lifetime tests often consist of many identical HASEL actuators running cycle tests in parallel to gather data on both total lifetime and reliability. Additionally, these lifetime tests can be tailored to specific applications, such as testing under load or at different speeds. In the future, Artimus plans to add environmental variables such as humidity and temperature to its lifetime testing capabilities.
More information about HASEL actuator lifetimes can be found here.
More information about the NSF SBIR Phase 1 project focused on lifetime improvements can be found here.
More information about the NASA SBIR Phase 1 project focused on actuator self-diagnostics and failure prediction can be found here.
More information on the NSF SBIR and NASA SBIR Phase 2 projects focused on lifetime improvements can be found here.
About Artimus Robotics
Artimus Robotics designs and manufactures soft electric actuators. The technology was inspired by nature (muscles) and spun out of the University of Colorado. HASEL (Hydraulically Amplified Self-healing ELectrostatic) actuator technology operates when electrostatic forces are applied to a flexible polymer pouch and dielectric liquid to drive shape change in a soft structure. These principles can be applied to achieve a contracting motion, expanding motion, or other complex deformations. For more information, please visit Artimus Robotics or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.