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Title: Shape programming using triangular and rectangular soft robot primitives
Authors: Khin, P.M. 
Low, J.H. 
Ang, M.H. 
Yeow, C.-H. 
Keywords: Fabric-based soft actuator
Flexible structures
Soft pneumatic actuators
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Khin, P.M., Low, J.H., Ang, M.H., Yeow, C.-H. (2019). Shape programming using triangular and rectangular soft robot primitives. Micromachines 10 (4) : 236. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: This paper presents fabric-based soft robotic modules with primitive morphologies, which are analogous to basic geometrical polygons-trilateral and quadrilateral. The two modules are the inflatable beam (IB) and fabric-based rotary actuator (FRA). The FRA module is designed with origami-inspired V-shaped pleats, which creates a trilateral outline. Upon pressurization, the pleats unfold, which enables propagation of angular displacement of the FRA module. This allows the FRA module to be implemented as a mobility unit in the larger assembly of pneumatic structures. In the following, we examine various ways by which FRA modules can be connected to IB modules. We studied how different ranges of motion can be achieved by varying the design of the rotary joint of the assemblies. Using a state transition-based position control system, movement of the assembled modules could be controlled by regulating the pneumatic pressurization of the FRA module at the joint. These basic modules allow us to build different types of pneumatic structures. In this paper, using IB and FRA modules of various dimensions, we constructed a soft robotic limb with an end effector, which can be attached to wheelchairs to provide assistive grasping functions for users with disabilities. © 2019 by the authors.
Source Title: Micromachines
ISSN: 2072-666X
DOI: 10.3390/mi10040236
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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