A continuum manipulator with phase changing alloy

Farshid Alambeigi, Reza Seifabadi, Mehran Armand

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Abstract

A new type of cable-driven continuum manipulator (CM) is presented, in which the stiffness of the device along its body length can be controlled using the thermomechanical properties of a phase changing alloy. The liquid phase of the alloy is used for achieving high dexterity and the solid phase for high stiffness. Joule heating and water cooling is used for transitioning the phase changing alloy between stiff and compliant states. Single-segment and two-segment working prototypes of the CM are demonstrated. The mechanical and thermodynamic features of these prototypes are discussed and their physical performance is investigated. Advantages of the presented design with phase changing alloy include: significantly improved dexterity, high payload to weight ratio, controllable stiffness, energy efficiency, and a large lumen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages758-764
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781467380263
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 8 2016
Event2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: May 16 2016May 21 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Volume2016-June
ISSN (Print)1050-4729

Other

Other2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2016
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period5/16/165/21/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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