FURI | Spring 2019

Investigating Application of TPU-Coated Soft Fabric Actuators in Soft Poly-Limbs

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The focus of this research is to design and fabricate a Soft Poly Limb (SPL) using soft Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) coated fabric actuators. After several ASTM standard tests, Rockwood’s 200D material was chosen for SPL fabrication for its high burst strength of 0.53MPa and seal strength of 168kg/m3. For the SPL to perform its task well, it must be lightweight while also be able to generate a high force output. Recommended future work would be to further increase the overall lifting capacity of the SPL while ensuring it is still lightweight.

Student researcher


Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Selangor, Malaysia

Graduation date: Fall 2019