0

Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Laser-Powered Sub-mm Untethered Microrobots

[+] Author Affiliations
Muhammed R. Pac, Dan O. Popa

The University of Texas at Arlington, Fort Worth, TX

Paper No. DETC2010-29011, pp. 863-872; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/DETC2010-29011
From:
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 12th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies; 4th International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4412-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME

abstract

The paper discusses the promises and challenges of using laser as a source of energy and means of control for untethered microdevices. Achieving the desired device operation with available controls in the laser signal is a challenge that requires redesign of current microactuators and invention of new ones. In addition, for multiple target spots on a device, the laser beam can be multiplexed or separate lasers can be used simultaneously. Shaping of the control signal based on such variables of the laser as output power, pulse width, and beam spot is a combined effort of accordingly designing the microdevice and selecting the device materials. The paper presents a parametric design evaluation of two versions of stick-and-slip microrobots actuated by commonly used thermal actuators. A detailed parametric analysis with varying actuator geometries predicts that actuation at speeds comparable with electrostatically and electromagnetically actuated microrobots is also possible with laser power. Initial experiments on regular chevron actuators show that pulsed laser can be effectively used to drive microdevices.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Lasers

Figures

Tables

Interactive Graphics

Video

Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In