Development of All Around Flexible Actuator
S. Ohtera, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Yasu, Japan
Electrostrictive polymer has a large deformation; its strain is as much as 2%. But when we use it as actuators for some applications such as toys or human interface system, more strain is required. In this paper, we propose a multiple-stage bi-morph actuator; neighboring actuators are disposed so as to be twisted each other by about 90-degree. By controlling those twisted actuators independently, the multiple-stage bi-morph actuator can bend in any direction. The structure is very simple and easy to assemble. This all around flexible movement is appropriate for promising future market: pet robot, human interface and so on.
ACTUATOR 2014 Manuskript Poster 63
Publication date: 26/05/2015
Manuscript Poster 63 published in Conference Proceedings ACTUATOR 2014
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