14 June 2017 Actuation control of a PiezoMEMS biomimetic robotic jellyfish
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Biomimetic micro-robots try to mimic the motion of a living system in the form of a synthetically developed microfabricated device. Dynamic motion of living systems have evolved through the years, but trying to mimic these motions is challenging. Micro-robotics are particular challenging as the fabrication of devices and controlling the motion in 3 dimensions is difficult. However, micro-scale robotics have potential to be used in a wide range of applications. MEMS based robots that can move and function in a liquid environment is of particular interest. This paper describes the development of a piezoMEMS based device that mimics the movement of a jellyfish. The paper focuses on the development of a finite element model that investigates a method of controlling the individual piezoelectric beams in order to create a jet propulsion motion, consisting of a quick excitation pulse followed by a slow recovery pulse in order to maximize thrust and velocity. By controlling the individual beams or legs of the jellyfish robot the authors can control the robot to move precisely in 3 dimensions.
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Alvaro Alejandre, Oskar Olszewski, Nathan Jackson, "Actuation control of a PiezoMEMS biomimetic robotic jellyfish", Proc. SPIE 10246, Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VIII, 1024617 (14 June 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2264605; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2264605
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