Nemertea Proboscis Inspired Extendable Mechanism

Kenjiro Tadakuma, Tomoya Takayashi, Natsumi Hookabe, Masahiro Watanabe, Yu Ozawa, Tori Shimizu, Eri Takane, Hiroshi Kajihara, Takeshi Yamazaki, Masashi Konyo, Satoshi Tadokoro

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Abstract

In this research, we aim to establish a design theory and implementation method for an inflatable robot mechanism that can branch and divide freely based on the core technology that a robot freely shapes its structure with a shape memory function. As a first step of our investigation, we present an initial prototype model of branched torus mechanism using inflatable structure inspired by the nemertea proboscis We developed the basic prototype mechanical model of this proboscis structure and did some experiments to understand the basic performance of this configuration. As explained above, we confirmed the basic performances of the first prototype mechanical models based on nemertea proboscis and this mechanical configuration can be used for the expandable gripper, the branched stent graft, the distributer of the tiny mobile robots into the real fields.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMHS 2019 - 30th 2019 International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728126746
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1
Event30th International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science, MHS 2019 - Nagoya, Japan
Duration: 2019 Dec 12019 Dec 4

Publication series

NameMHS 2019 - 30th 2019 International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science

Conference

Conference30th International Symposium on Micro-NanoMechatronics and Human Science, MHS 2019
CountryJapan
CityNagoya
Period19/12/119/12/4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Instrumentation

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