Power for robotic artificial muscles

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dc.contributor.author Anderson, Iain en
dc.contributor.author Ieropoulos, IA en
dc.contributor.author McKay, T en
dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Benjamin en
dc.contributor.author Melhuish, C en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-15T02:06:12Z en
dc.date.issued 2011 en
dc.identifier.citation IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics 16(1):107-111 2011 en
dc.identifier.issn 1083-4435 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14428 en
dc.description.abstract —Artificial muscles based on the dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) are an attractive technology for autonomous robotic systems. We are currently exploring their use on EcoBot (Ecological roBot), an autonomous robot being developed by Bristol Robotics Lab that uses microbial fuel cells (MFCs). DEA will provide actuators for fuel cell maintenance and other goals and will increase active mission time through greater mechanical efficiency and reduced mass. Artificial muscles use high voltages and running them normally requires voltage converters to boost the voltage on delivered charge several hundred times. A dielectric elastomer generator (DEG) when used with a recently developed self-priming circuit (SPC) can supply the high-voltage power directly to artificial muscle systems. The SPC can also be started using an initial low-voltage charge from another energy harvester such as a bank of MFCs or a solar cell array. This combination could lead to a completely autonomous power source for robotic artificial muscles. We demonstrate a proof-of-concept portable self-primed DEG for harvesting wind energy from moving tree branches en
dc.publisher IEEE en
dc.relation.ispartofseries IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics en
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dc.title Power for robotic artificial muscles en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1109/TMECH.2010.2090894 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 107 en
pubs.volume 16 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: IEEE en
pubs.author-url http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-78651376170&partnerID=40&md5=bf9d5b470c7d47ad423858a3baaf8f66 en
pubs.end-page 111 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 204957 en
pubs.org-id Bioengineering Institute en
pubs.org-id ABI Associates en
pubs.org-id Science en
pubs.org-id Science Research en
pubs.org-id Maurice Wilkins Centre (2010-2014) en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-08 en

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