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Symmetry-breaking actuation mechanism for soft robotics and active metamaterials

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In this paper, we report a novel mechanics-guided mechanism for multimodal deformation by breaking the intrinsic deformation symmetry through the shifting of the neutral axis in the material systems. The asymmetric multimodal actuation enables a plethora of novel applications ranging from functional biomimetic crawling and swimming robots with efficient dynamic performance to an active metamaterial for tunable mechanical properties


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Magnetic actuation simulations are implemented through an 8-node user-defined element (UEL) subroutine from Zhao et al., JMPS, 2019.


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