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A Novel Control Strategy for Multiple Switches Based on Electro-Rheological Fluid

[+] Author Affiliations
Luning Xu, Li Han, Junbiao Liu

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Paper No. DETC2011-48190, pp. 437-440; 4 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 2011 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5480-8
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


A compact or portable mechatronic embedded system application has a strictly demands of volume and/or power consuming. Comparing with electronic parts, switches and/or actuators take the most proportion of volume or weight and power consuming of the whole system. A novel method of connecting multiple switches/actuators built by using electro-rheological fluid and a pair of governing electrodes and their control strategy are introduced in this paper. By using this method, the numbers of control components are changed from N times M to N plus M, the volume and weight reduced largely. A series structure is used in the application on multi-line Braille electro-book for blind people as a demonstration of this novel method. It provides a novel solution of shrinking system for a compact or portable mechatronic embedded system application.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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