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Parametric Study of a Fluidic Artificial Muscle Actuated Electrohydraulic System

[+] Author Affiliations
Edward Chapman, Tyler Jenkins, Matthew Bryant

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Paper No. SMASIS2016-9044, pp. V002T06A003; 7 pages
  • ASME 2016 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 2: Modeling, Simulation and Control; Bio-Inspired Smart Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting
  • Stowe, Vermont, USA, September 28–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5049-7
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Fluidic artificial muscles have the potential for a wide range of uses; from injury rehabilitation to high-powered hydraulic systems. Their modeling to date has largely been quasi-static and relied on the operator to adjust pressure so as to control force output and utilization while little work has been done to analyze the kinematics of the driving-systems involved in their operation. This paper utilizes an established electro-hydraulic model to perform a study of the components of a fluidic artificial muscle actuated climbing robot. Its purpose is to determine the effect of the robotic subsystems on function and efficiency for a small-scale system in order to extrapolate more general design and analysis schemes for future use. Its results indicate that important aspects to consider in design of the hydraulic system are system payload, operating pressure, pump selection, and FAM construction.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Muscle



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