Design of a Soft Rat Robot Based on Pneumatic Actuator

Li Yuanzhong*, Atsuo Takanishi, Hiroyuki Ishii

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Currently, progress in soft robotics is contributing to advancements in the field of robotics. A soft robot has several advantages over a traditional robot including portability, durability, and increased flexibility. A suitable design of the actuators in a robot is crucial for increasing the robot's flexibility. A suitable design of the actuators present in a robot is crucial for increasing the robot's flexibility. This study aims to develop a soft rat robot based on pneumatic actuators that can interact with real rats. The pneumatic actuator design developed by Suzumori et al. in 2017, the flexible micro actuator (FMA), is chosen as the main actuator to drive the robot. This actuator is rodlike, made using silicone fiber, and driven by filling high-pressure air into a specially designed container. An actuator based on the FMA design with a diameter of 25 mm is fabricated to form a soft rat robot that can simulate the motions of a real rat - rearing and rotating left and right. Finally, the properties of the pneumatic actuator are tested and analyzed to optimize the structure of the robot.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages926-931
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665413084
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2022 - Sapporo, Japan
Duration: 2022 Jul 112022 Jul 15

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Volume2022-July

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM 2022
Country/TerritoryJapan
CitySapporo
Period22/7/1122/7/15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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