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External Disturbances and Coupling Mechanisms in Underactuated Hands

[+] Author Affiliations
Ravi Balasubramanian, Joseph T. Belter, Aaron M. Dollar

Yale University, New Haven, CT

Paper No. DETC2010-29004, pp. 175-184; 10 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 34th Annual Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4410-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


With the goal of improving the performance of underactuated robotic hands in grasping, we investigate the influence of the underlying coupling mechanism on the robustness of underactuated hands to external disturbance. This paper identifies unique behaviors in the hand’s response as a function of the coupling mechanism and the actuation mode the hand is operated in. Specifically, we show that in conditions when the actuator position is fixed, hands with single-acting mechanisms exhibit a bimodal behavior in contrast to hands with double-acting mechanisms that exhibit a unimodal behavior. We then present an analysis of how these behaviors influence grasping capability of the hand and then discuss implications for underactuated hand design and operation.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Mechanisms



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