Pneumatically Actuated Material: Exploration of the Morphospace of an Adaptable System of Soft Actuators

Lynn Kieffer, Paul Nicholas

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This research in progress investigates a design and fabrication method of an adaptable and programmable composite material in an embodied computation system. It develops a workflow for a behavior-based model, the exploration of the morphospace associated with the combinatorial assembly, and the actuation of soft elements. The aggregation of individually actuatable and soft units in a system creates a large potential for adaptability, flexibility, and reconfigurability through a non-rigid and non-mechanical system. The cells are developed through a process of prototyping on origami- and auxetic pattern–inspired soft robotic elements. Every soft cell is pneumatically actuated through a negative pressure environment. The computational simulation is informed by the prototyping process and its findings. The simulation-based design of such an assembled system allows prediction of the aggregated shape and outputs a sequencing table describing the actuation status of every cell, and can create a tool to communicate between material and computational systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACADIA // 2018: Recalibration. On imprecision and infidelity : Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture
Number of pages9
Publication dateOct 2019
Pages294-301
ISBN (Print)978-0-692-17729-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-692-17729-7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
EventACADIA 2018: Recalibration. On imprecision and infidelity - Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 18 Oct 201820 Oct 2018
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ConferenceACADIA 2018
LocationUniversidad Iberoamericana
CountryMexico
CityMexico City
Period18/10/201820/10/2018
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Keywords

  • embodied computation
  • soft robotics
  • Simulation
  • smart materials

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Kieffer, L., & Nicholas, P. (2019). Pneumatically Actuated Material: Exploration of the Morphospace of an Adaptable System of Soft Actuators. In ACADIA // 2018: Recalibration. On imprecision and infidelity: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (pp. 294-301)
Kieffer, Lynn ; Nicholas, Paul. / Pneumatically Actuated Material : Exploration of the Morphospace of an Adaptable System of Soft Actuators. ACADIA // 2018: Recalibration. On imprecision and infidelity: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. 2019. pp. 294-301
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Pneumatically Actuated Material : Exploration of the Morphospace of an Adaptable System of Soft Actuators. / Kieffer, Lynn; Nicholas, Paul.

ACADIA // 2018: Recalibration. On imprecision and infidelity: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. 2019. p. 294-301.

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