Development of a SMA-fishing-line-McKibben bending actuator

Chaoqun, X, Guo, J, Yang, C, Lina, H and Davis, ST ORCID: 2018, 'Development of a SMA-fishing-line-McKibben bending actuator' , IEEE Access, 6 , pp. 27183-27189.

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High power-to-weight ratio soft artificial muscles are of overarching importance to enable inherently safer solutions to human-robot interactions. Traditional air driven soft McKibben artificial muscles are linear actuators. It is impossible for them to realize bending motions through a single McKibben muscle. Over two McKibben muscles should normally be used to achieve bending or rotational motions, leading to heavier and larger systems. In addition, air driven McKibben muscles are highly nonlinear in nature, making them difficult to be controlled precisely. A SMA(shape memory alloy)–fishing–line–McKibben (SFLM) bending actuator has been developed. This novel artificial actuator, made of a SMA-fishing-line muscle and a McKibben muscle, was able to produce the maximum output force of 3.0 N and the maximum bending angle (the rotation of the end face) of 61°. This may promote the application of individual McKibben muscles or SMA-fishing-line muscles alone. An output force control method for SFLM is proposed, and based on MATLAB/Simulink software the experiment platform is set up, the effectiveness of control system is verified through output force experiments. A three-fingered SFLM gripper driven by three SFLMs has been designed for a case study, which the maximum carrying capacity is 650.4 ± 0.2 g.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Access
Publisher: IEEE
ISSN: 2169-3536
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Depositing User: ST Davis
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:47

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