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11 July 2002 Development of a new actuator using artificial muscle
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The robot in the future will be lightened and,in addition,the complex tasks will be done by consumption of less energy. To achieve this,the development of artificial muscle actuator as soft as human-being becomes indispensable.At present, artificial muscle actuator used is Mckinbben type, but heat and mechanical loss of this actuator are large because of the friction caused by the expansion and contraction of the sleeve. Therefore, we developed the artificial muscle tube where the Kevlar fiber of the high intensity had been built into the silicon tube.Our actuator is long-lived because it does not need the sleeve,and can give the aeolotropic characteristic of actuator by how to knit the fiber built into the tube.
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Norihiko Saga, Qui Jianhui, Junichi Uehara, and Takashi Iwade "Development of a new actuator using artificial muscle", Proc. SPIE 4695, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), (11 July 2002);

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