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Numerical and experimental study of a three-axis optical tactile sensing system
Author(s): Jiamin Liu; Qi Yang; Tianwei Ma; Yingjun Pan
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Paper Abstract

In this study, we investigated a promising method for measuring three-axis force based on an optical tactile sensing system. Such system consists of a waveguide, an array of tactile cell, a light source and an image sensor (a CCD camera). When the tactile cells are subjected to external forces, the condition for total internal reflection of the attached waveguide is spoiled. The original symmetrical planar waveguide then changes to an asymmetrical one, leading to light leakage in the transverse direction, which is used as the sensing mechanism for the applied forces. A numerical study involving three-dimensional finite element analysis was carried out to study the deformation of tactile cells due to contact forces. A linear relationship between the applied three-axis force and the spot sizes of the image of the leaked light was obtained and validated by experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6932, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008, 69321B (8 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.775391
Show Author Affiliations
Jiamin Liu, Chongqing Univ. (China)
Qi Yang, Chongqing Univ. (China)
Tianwei Ma, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa (United States)
Yingjun Pan, Chongqing Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6932:
Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2008
Masayoshi Tomizuka, Editor(s)

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