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A programmable actuator for combined motion and connection and its application to modular robot

Li Zhu 1 Didier El Baz 1
1 LAAS-CDA - Équipe Calcul Distribué et Asynchronisme
LAAS - Laboratoire d'analyse et d'architecture des systèmes
Abstract : This paper proposes a new type of actuator at millimeter scale, which is based on Simplified Electro-Permanent (SEP) magnets. The new actuator can achieve connection and smooth motion by controlling the polarity of SEP magnets. Analyses based on numerical simulation are used to design a prototype. A dead-time controllable H-bridge and its multiplex design are proposed for controlling the new actuator and simplifying the electronic circuit. Finally, the new actuator is implemented in the DILI modular reconfigurable robot system. The experimental results show that with this new actuator, the DILI module can move smoothly and connect to other modules without power supply during connection. The maximum speed of DILI module is 20mm/s.
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Li Zhu, Didier El Baz. A programmable actuator for combined motion and connection and its application to modular robot. Mechatronics, Elsevier, 2019, 58, pp.9-19. ⟨10.1016/j.mechatronics.2019.01.002⟩. ⟨hal-02076532⟩

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