An inchworm robot using electro-conjugate fluid

Shouhei Ueno, Kenjiro Takemura, Shinichi Yokota, Kazuya Edamura

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Abstract

An electro-conjugate fluid (ECF) is a kind of functional fluid, which produces a flow (ECF flow) when subjected to a high DC voltage. This study develops a novel inchworm robot having flexible body and using two suckers both of which are driven by the ECF flow. The robot imitates the movement pattern of inchworm and is introduced the ECF to realize the motion. First, we developed and evaluated an ECF flow generator, a pressure source integrated sucker and an expansion/contraction actuator (flexible body). Next, we developed a prototype with 59 mm long, 12 mm wide and 9.5 g weight. Finally, we conducted moving experiments of the robot on an acrylic board. The robot could move on a horizontal surface, and on surfaces with inclination of 5&cDeg; and 10&cDeg;.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest
Pages1017-1022
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Guangzhou, China
Duration: 2012 Dec 112012 Dec 14

Other

Other2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012
CountryChina
CityGuangzhou
Period12/12/1112/12/14

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biotechnology

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Ueno, S., Takemura, K., Yokota, S., & Edamura, K. (2012). An inchworm robot using electro-conjugate fluid. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest (pp. 1017-1022). [6491102] https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2012.6491102