Using explosions to power a soft robot

Robert F. Shepherd, Adam A. Stokes, Jacob Freake, Jabulani Barber, Phillip W. Snyder, Aaron Mazzeo, Ludovico Cademartiri, Stephen A. Morin, George M. Whitesides

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Abstract

Combustion causes a soft robot to jump: Rapid actuation of a soft robot (composed of silicone elastomers) was achieved using high-temperature chemical reactions. Computer-controlled electrical sparks triggered the combustion of premixed CH4 and O2 gases inside the robot, which pressurized the pneumatic channels of the robot and caused it to jump (see figure). The heat from the explosions dissipated quickly and did not damage the robot even over many jumps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2892-2896
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume52
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 11 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Explosions
Robots
Silicone Elastomers
Electric sparks
Elastomers
Silicones
Pneumatics
Chemical reactions
Gases
Temperature

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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Shepherd, R. F., Stokes, A. A., Freake, J., Barber, J., Snyder, P. W., Mazzeo, A., ... Whitesides, G. M. (2013). Using explosions to power a soft robot. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 52(10), 2892-2896. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201209540
Shepherd, Robert F. ; Stokes, Adam A. ; Freake, Jacob ; Barber, Jabulani ; Snyder, Phillip W. ; Mazzeo, Aaron ; Cademartiri, Ludovico ; Morin, Stephen A. ; Whitesides, George M. / Using explosions to power a soft robot. In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 2013 ; Vol. 52, No. 10. pp. 2892-2896.
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In: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Vol. 52, No. 10, 11.03.2013, p. 2892-2896.

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Shepherd RF, Stokes AA, Freake J, Barber J, Snyder PW, Mazzeo A et al. Using explosions to power a soft robot. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 2013 Mar 11;52(10):2892-2896. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201209540