A micro artificial muscle actuator using electro-conjugate fluid

Kenjiro Takemura, Shinichi Yokota, Kazuya Edamura

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Abstract

A Soft Robot inspired from natural systems is one of the main topics in robotic field. Accordingly, artificial muscles were widely investigated due to their potentials in soft robots. We propose here a novel micro artificial muscle actuator (< 1 cm3) utilizing the electro-conjugate fluid (ECF) generating powerful jet flow when subjected to a high voltage (< 10 kV). The actuator mainly consists of a fiber-reinforced silicone rubber tube and a micro pressure source using ECF. The tube contracts along the actuator axis with increasing pressure by ECF jet. The experimental results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed actuation technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower Transmission and Motion Control, PTMC 2005
EditorsD.N. Johnston, C.R. Burrows, K.A. Edge
Pages269-276
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventPower Transmission and Motion Control, PTMC 2005 - Bath, United Kingdom
Duration: 2005 Sep 72005 Sep 9

Publication series

NamePower Transmission and Motion Control, PTMC 2005

Other

OtherPower Transmission and Motion Control, PTMC 2005
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBath
Period05/9/705/9/9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Takemura, K., Yokota, S., & Edamura, K. (2005). A micro artificial muscle actuator using electro-conjugate fluid. In D. N. Johnston, C. R. Burrows, & K. A. Edge (Eds.), Power Transmission and Motion Control, PTMC 2005 (pp. 269-276). (Power Transmission and Motion Control, PTMC 2005).