Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2012.6491131
Title: Design and analysis of a novel compact compliant actuator with variable impedance
Authors: Yu, H.
Huang, S. 
Chen, G.
Toh, S.-L. 
Cruz, M.S.
Ghorbel, Y.
Zhu, C.
Yin, Y.
Keywords: Force Control
Human-Friendly Robots
Neurorehabilitation
Series Elastic Actuator
Variable Impedance
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Yu, H.,Huang, S.,Chen, G.,Toh, S.-L.,Cruz, M.S.,Ghorbel, Y.,Zhu, C.,Yin, Y. (2012). Design and analysis of a novel compact compliant actuator with variable impedance. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest : 1188-1193. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1109/ROBIO.2012.6491131
Abstract: Compliant Actuators are desirable for human friendly robotics, especially for assistive and rehabilitation robots that have direct physical interaction with human users. Various designs of Series Elastic Actuators (SEA) have been developed for these applications. This paper presents a novel SEA design with variable impedance for human-friendly robotics applications that overcomes the major limitations in the existing SEA designs. This novel design consists of a servomotor, a ball screw, a torsional spring between the motor and the ball screw, and a set of translational springs between the ball screw nut and the external load. The soft translational springs are used to handle the low force operation and reduce output impedance, stiction, and external shock load. The torsional spring, being in the high speed range, has high effective stiffness and improves the system bandwidth in large force operation when the translational springs are fully compressed. We first review the merits and the limitations of current series elastic actuators. We then explain the construction and the working principle of our new design, followed by the dynamic modeling and analysis of the actuator. We also show the preliminary testing results of a prototype actuator designed for a lower limb exoskeleton for gait rehabilitation. © 2012 IEEE.
Source Title: 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, ROBIO 2012 - Conference Digest
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/69815
ISBN: 9781467321273
DOI: 10.1109/ROBIO.2012.6491131
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