Pneumatic balloon actuator with tunable bending points

Lanying Zheng, Shotaro Yoshida, Yuya Morimoto, Hiroaki Onoe, Shoji Takeuchi

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Abstract

We propose a pneumatic balloon actuator capable of controlling its bending points. Local stiffness of the balloon actuator can be controlled by embedding low-melting-point-alloy that becomes solid by cooling. The bending points can be changed depending on the position of the melted low-melting-point-alloy since the pneumatic actuator bends at soft point. The advantage of our actuator is that its bending point can be simply controlled without changing the design of the whole device. We believe that the proposed actuation mechanism will be useful in designing highly flexible actuators for soft robotics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 28th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages18-21
Number of pages4
EditionFebruary
ISBN (Electronic)9781479979554
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 26
Externally publishedYes
Event2015 28th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2015 - Estoril, Portugal
Duration: 2015 Jan 182015 Jan 22

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
NumberFebruary
Volume2015-February
ISSN (Print)1084-6999

Other

Other2015 28th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2015
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityEstoril
Period15/1/1815/1/22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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