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Megapower metal hydride anthroform biorobotic actuator
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Paper Abstract

This study is focused on the development effort conducted on a new generation of biorobotic actuators suitable for use in many industrial and biomedical applications. The new robotic actuator herein called the Metal Hydride Anthroform Biorobotic Actuator (MHABA) uses metal hydrides as hydrogen sponge and can be operated both electrically and thermally. A small metal hydride biorobotic actuator has been built using a porous metal hydrice compact of LaNi5/CU. The reported MHABA has high specific-force (over 100 N/g of metal hydride), and is biomimetic, compact, operationally safe, lubricationless, noiseless, fast and soft actuating, and environmentally benign. The potential for applying the MHABA as electrically/thermally-controllable large force and displacement robotic actuator to industrial, biomedical, and space structures is enormous. The preliminary data shows a great potential for these metal hydride actuators to be used as high power actuators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4327, Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (16 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.436522
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Mohsen Shahinpoor, Univ. of New Mexico and Environmental Robots, Inc. (United States)
Kwang J. Kim, Univ. of New Mexico and Environmental Robots, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4327:
Smart Structures and Materials 2001: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
L. Porter Davis, Editor(s)

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