Micro pneumatic curling actuator - Nematode actuator -

Keiko Ogura, Shuichi Wakimoto, Koichi Suzumori, Yasutaka Nishioka

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Abstract

Micro rubber pneumatic actuators have attracted in medical and biotechnology fields, especially they have been expected for minimally invasive surgery and handling biological cells because of high safety caused by low mechanical impedance. Actually some micro rubber pneumatic actuators have been developed in several laboratories. However at present, almost no actuators could realize simple structure, easy fabrication and large displacement enough to holding objects by one actuator. In this paper, an actuator, named “Nematode Actuator”, having large deformation with simple structure is developed by nonlinear FEM (Finite Element Method), and fabrication process is simplified using rubber bonding technology with excimer lamp and machining. Nematode actuator realized remarkably large bending motion as like a nematode in two directions only one air tube using positive and negative pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2008
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages462-467
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781424426799
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2008 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: Feb 21 2009Feb 26 2009

Publication series

Name2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2008
Volume2008-January

Conference

Conference2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2008
Country/TerritoryThailand
CityBangkok
Period2/21/092/26/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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