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De-electroadhesion of Flexible and Lightweight Materials: An Experimental Study

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2796
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number14
DateAccepted/In press - 10 Jul 2019
DatePublished (current) - 12 Jul 2019


Electroadhesion (EA) is an emerging prehension method with wide application in robotics, including object handling, component assembly, and robotic locomotion. A major challenge with EA is the development of novel solutions for speeding up the release process, where residual charges inhibit release. In this work, a comprehensive study on the effects of EA base substrate and object material types on de-electroadhesion time is presented. Experimental results show that the de-electroadhesion speed is highly dependent on the base substrate and object material type. There is a strong inverse correlation between dielectric constant and de-electroadhesion rate, while a higher molecular weight demonstrates slower dielectric relaxation and hence release time. These findings will enable the design of cost-effective EA-based robotic end effectors with rapid release capabilities. EA grippers with quicker de-adhesion abilities could significantly improve the overall throughput of assembly lines where material pick-and-place tasks are involved. In addition, more efficient and faster locomotion speeds could be achieved for crawling or climbing robots where EA is employed as their active adhesion and de-adhesion feet.

    Research areas

  • De-adhesion, Electroadhesion, Flexible and lightweight materials

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