Development of a Thin Pneumatic Rubber Actuator Generating 3DOF Motion - Design Using FEM Analysis and Fabrication of the Actuator

Konferenz: ACTUATOR 2018 - 16th International Conference on New Actuators
25.06.2018 - 27.06.2018 in Bremen, Deutschland

Tagungsband: ACTUATOR 2018

Seiten: 4Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Yuzaki, M.; Wakimoto, S.; Kanda, T. (Okayama University, Okayama, Japan)
Iwata, K. (Industrial Technology Center of Okayama Prefecture, Okayama, Japan)

In this study, a thin pneumatic rubber actuator realizing 3DOF motion has been proposed. The actuator is configured with the three artificial muscles arranged in parallel. Although the actuator is quite thin structure, the thickness is 2.6 mm, it can contract and bend in any direction by changing the applied air pressure pattern to the artificial muscles. The actuator was designed by Nonlinear FEM analysis. 3DOF motion of the fabricated actuator was confirmed experimentally.