Hysteresis analysis and control of a metal-polymer hybrid soft actuator

Manuel Schimmack, Eduardo Etzberger Feistauer, Sergio Amancio & Paolo Mercorelli
The number of applications of stimulus-responsive polymers is growing at an impressive rate. The motivation of this contribution is to use a commercially available low-budget silver-coated polyamide (PA6) as a thermo-responsive metal-polymer hybrid soft actuator. Polyamide is a hygroscopic polymer; therefore, its mechanical and physical-chemical properties are affected by exposition to humidity or immersion in water. The effect of water absorption content on the PA6 and silver-coated PA6 monofilament properties, such as mass change and...
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