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1. (WO2018106926) IMPROVEMENTS IN ARTIFICIAL MUSCLE ACTUATORS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/106926    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/065127
Publication Date: Fri Jun 15 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Fri Dec 08 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: A61F 2/30
F03G 7/06
H02N 11/00
C01B 32/158
H01B 1/22
B25J 19/02
B25J 9/10
H01B 1/14
A61F 2/50
Applicants: LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC.
Inventors: LIMA, Marcio, Dias
YANG, Yang
PLATA, Luis
GUERRERO, Marilu
LE, Franklin
ALLEN, Randy
Title: IMPROVEMENTS IN ARTIFICIAL MUSCLE ACTUATORS
Abstract:
In one aspect, an actuator device includes a conducting material and at least one fuse incorporated into the conducting material. In a second aspect, an actuator device includes an artificial muscle fiber and a thermocouple. In a third aspect, an actuator device includes an artificial muscle and a metal tube disposed around a portion of the artificial muscle, where the metal tube is crimped to flatten and compress the artificial muscle with the result of securing the muscle relative to the metal tube. In a fourth aspect, an actuator device includes a first fiber; a conducting material; and a coating, where the coating coats the first fiber or the conducting material.