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Development of a new actuator using artificial muscle
Author(s): Norihiko Saga; Qui Jianhui; Junichi Uehara; Takashi Iwade
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Paper Abstract

The robot in the future will be lightened and,in addition,the complex tasks will be done by consumption of less energy. To achieve this,the development of artificial muscle actuator as soft as human-being becomes indispensable.At present, artificial muscle actuator used is Mckinbben type, but heat and mechanical loss of this actuator are large because of the friction caused by the expansion and contraction of the sleeve. Therefore, we developed the artificial muscle tube where the Kevlar fiber of the high intensity had been built into the silicon tube.Our actuator is long-lived because it does not need the sleeve,and can give the aeolotropic characteristic of actuator by how to knit the fiber built into the tube.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4695, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (11 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475200
Show Author Affiliations
Norihiko Saga, Akita Prefectural Univ. (Japan)
Qui Jianhui, Akita Prefectural Univ. (Japan)
Junichi Uehara, Toray Engineering Co. (Japan)
Takashi Iwade, Toray Engineering Co. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4695:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD)
Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Editor(s)

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