Saturday, January 30, 2010

mesh + air muscles = new structural system

What are air muscles? I know, right. Well, in short..

The air muscle is an actuator that works like the human muscle. It contracts by thickening. A balloon is pumped with high pressure air, inflated, and the muscle shortens. This can pull substantial weights--400x their weight. True story. Typical DCmotors or pneumatic actuators can exert 16x their weight. Largest standard muscle is 11", weights less than 3 oxz, and can lift up to 154 lbs. Air Muscles work when twisted, bent around corners, or under water.


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