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Unimorph active rigidity joints, constructed from Shape Memory Alloy and Shape Memory Polymer and capable of bending actuation, are reported in this work. An embedded aluminum shim was added to each joint as a structural element to facilitate actuation. Joints were actuated using ohmic Tri-Phase and pulse heating processes with different results. It appeared that openloop position control could be achieved using pulse heating. Actuator improvements and future experiments are proposed.
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Franklin Geeng, Justin Manzo, and Ephrahim Garcia "Active rigidity joint", Proc. SPIE 7645, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2010, 764508 (29 March 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.848413
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