Electrowetting: A Consideration in Electroadhesion. Academic Article uri icon


  • With the commercialization of haptic devices, understanding behavior under various environmental conditions is crucial for product optimization and cost reduction. Specifically, for surface haptic devices, the dependence of the friction force and the electroadhesion effect on the environmental relative humidity and the finger hydration level can directly impact their design and performance. This article presents the influence of relative humidity on the finger-surface friction force and the electroadhesion performance. Mechanisms including changes to Young's modulus of skin, contact angle change and capillary force were analyzed separately with experimental and numerical methods. Through comparison of the calculated capillary force in this paper and the electroadhesion force calculated in published papers, it was found that electrowetting at high voltage could contribute up to 60% of the total friction force increase in electroadhesion. Therefore, in future design of surface haptic devices, the effect of electrowetting should be considered carefully.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Trans Haptics

altmetric score

  • 7

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, X., Choi, C., Ma, Y., Boonpuek, P., Felts, J. R., Mullenbach, J., ... Hipwell, M. C.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Li, Xinyi||Choi, Changhyun||Ma, Yuan||Boonpuek, Perawat||Felts, Jonathan R||Mullenbach, Joe||Shultz, Craig||Colgate, J Edward||Hipwell, M Cynthia

publication date

  • July 2020