Artificial Muscles from Fishing Line and Sewing Thread

  title={Artificial Muscles from Fishing Line and Sewing Thread},
  author={Carter S Haines and M{\'a}rcio Dias de Lima and Na Li and Geoffrey M. Spinks and Javad Foroughi and John David Wyndham Madden and Shi Hyeong Kim and Shaoli Fang and M{\^o}nica Jung de Andrade and Fatma G{\"o}ktepe and {\"O}zer G{\"o}ktepe and Seyed M Mirvakili and Sina Naficy and Xavier Lepr{\'o} and Jiyoung Oh and Mikhail E. Kozlov and Seon Jeong Kim and Xiuru Xu and Benjamin J. Swedlove and Gordon G. Wallace and Ray H Baughman},
The high cost of powerful, large-stroke, high-stress artificial muscles has combined with performance limitations such as low cycle life, hysteresis, and low efficiency to restrict applications. We demonstrated that inexpensive high-strength polymer fibers used for fishing line and sewing thread can be easily transformed by twist insertion to provide fast, scalable, nonhysteretic, long-life tensile and torsional muscles. Extreme twisting produces coiled muscles that can contract by 49%, lift… CONTINUE READING
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