Nanostructured fibres can mimic human muscle
The world is fascinated by the idea of mimicking the human body. In particular, the actuators which control muscle movements. It has been a driving force behind many recent innovations in robotics, prosthetics, and other fields. However, creating actuators is a complex process that requires expensive materials and difficult to find processes.
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, and Penn State University created a new fiber type that performs like a muscle actuator in many ways. This is better than the other options available today. These fibers, which resemble muscles, are easy to manufacture and can be recycled.
Researchers published a paper in Nature Nanotechnology entitled \”Nanostructured Block Copolymer Muscles\” that showed these fibers are more flexible, efficient and can handle greater strain than what is currently available. These fibers can be used for a number of things, including robotics and medicine.