Basic performance experiments on a belt transmission system using Electro-Rheological gel

Masayoshi Dohi, Ken'ichi Koyanagi, Yasuhiro Kakinuma, Hidenobu Anzai, Koji Sakurai, Toru Oshima

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Abstract

Current research includes applying new functional materials to mechatronic devices and Electro-Rheological (ER) gel is one of these new functional materials. ER gel enables the development of mechatronic devices which have both high speed response and high levels of safety. In particular, the requirements for power assist devices are high speed response, high safety, and backdrivability. The purpose of this study is to develop an ER gel belt transmission system for use in power assist systems. We applied an ER gel in the power transmission role of a belt transmission system. When the ER gel of this system is de-energized, the input torque is not transferred because of minimal shear stress. When the ER gel is energized by an electric field, the increased shear stress results in a torque transfer. The ER gel belt transmission system functions as a clutch with controlling torque based on these characteristics of the ER gel. The paper proposes such an ER gel belt transmission system, describes it's design and operational features, and presents the results of basic performance experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSICE 2011 - SICE Annual Conference 2011, Final Program and Abstracts
PublisherSociety of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
Pages2988-2992
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9784907764395
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1
Event50th Annual Conference on Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, SICE 2011 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2011 Sep 132011 Sep 18

Publication series

NameProceedings of the SICE Annual Conference

Other

Other50th Annual Conference on Society of Instrument and Control Engineers, SICE 2011
CountryJapan
CityTokyo
Period11/9/1311/9/18

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Keywords

  • ER gel belt transmission
  • Electro-Rheological gel
  • controlled shear stress
  • energized ER gel backdrivability devices
  • functional material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Cite this

Dohi, M., Koyanagi, K., Kakinuma, Y., Anzai, H., Sakurai, K., & Oshima, T. (2011). Basic performance experiments on a belt transmission system using Electro-Rheological gel. In SICE 2011 - SICE Annual Conference 2011, Final Program and Abstracts (pp. 2988-2992). [6060495] (Proceedings of the SICE Annual Conference). Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE).