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Bio-inspired passive variable recruitment of fluidic artificial muscles
Author(s): Edward M. Chapman; Matthew Bryant
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Paper Abstract

This paper explores the modeling and analysis of the effect of minimum actuation pressure previously observed in literature. This minimum pressure is similar in kind to the minimum amplitude of the signal for muscle actuation seen in mammalian muscles. This minimum actuation, or “threshold” pressure is used a method of mechanically encoding the control of FAM engagement and the actuation efficiency of a group, or ‘bundle’ of muscles with differing threshold pressures is compared with a single muscle of equivalent force and strain. The results of this analysis indicate the efficacy of using this design and control method; it is advantageous in cases where a range of displacements and forces are necessary.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2018
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10593, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VIII, 105930Y (27 March 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2296024
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Edward M. Chapman, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Matthew Bryant, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10593:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication VIII
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Editor(s)

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