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Self-healing soft robotics

Brubotics joined forces with FYSC (https://www.vub.be/MACH/FYSC/) to develop self-healing soft robots. While FYSC develops new building blocks for intrinsic autonomous and non-autonomous self-healing polymers, Brubotics validates this technology experimentally in several soft robotic demonstrators.

The line of research is very broad, ranging from the synthesis of new materials with or without fillers for additional functionality over the development of different processing techniques to the fabrication of autonomous self-healing soft robots with embedded self-healing sensors and heaters.

Soft robots are typically prone to damage and have thus a short lifetime. Moreover, they are often not reprocessable, nor recyclable. Thanks to this self-healing property, these robots can recover from scratches and damage, thereby overcoming this major issue.

 

Contact

prof. dr ir. Bram Vanderborght
bram.vanderborght@vub.be
+32 486 52 29 62
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene

 

 

 

Key Publications

Terryn, S., Brancart, J., Lefeber, D., Van Assche, G., & Vanderborght, B. (2017). Self-healing soft pneumatic robots. Science Robotics, 2(9).
https://robotics.sciencemag.org/content/2/9/eaan4268.full?ijkey=NldEhj0dsMsF2&keytype=ref&siteid=robotics

Roels, E., Terryn, S., Brancart, J., Verhelle, R., Van Assche, G., & Vanderborght, B. (2020). Additive manufacturing for self-healing soft robots. Soft robotics, 7(6), 711-723.
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/soro.2019.0081

Terryn, S., Brancart, J., Roels, E., Van Assche, G., & Vanderborght, B. (2020). Room Temperature Self-Healing in Soft Pneumatic Robotics: Autonomous Self-Healing in a Diels-Alder Polymer https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9288989

Terryn, S., Langenbach, J., Roels, E., Brancart, J., Bakkali-Hassani, C., Poutrel, Q. A., ... & Vanderborght, B. (2021). A review on self-healing polymers for soft robotics. Materials Today.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1369702121000080

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1369702121000080

 

Our main projects and funders
- FWO Flanders (www.fwo.be)
- EU FET SHERO (www.sherofet.eu)
- EU Marie Curie ITN SMART (www.smartitn.eu)

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