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A novel pneumatic rubber actuator for mobile robot bases

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2 Author(s)
K. Suzumori ; Toshiba Corp., Tokyo, Japan ; S. Asaad

A new, pneumatic rubber actuator, named bubbler, realizing linear motion has been designed, developed and tested. The bubbler consists of a silicone rubber slab, and its inside is divided into twelve chambers each having a square cross section. If pressure is applied to successive chambers sequentially, the surface of the bubbler produces a linear traveling wave. It can be used for a mobile robot base or for a conveyor. Experimental results are very promising. The walking speed of the prototype, 63 mm×60 mm×9 mm in size, was found to be 3.6 mm/s and the load-to-weight ratio in the order of 40:1. A demonstration board using two bubblers works as a mobile robot base realizing forward/backward and steering motions

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Intelligent Robots and Systems '96, IROS 96, Proceedings of the 1996 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

4-8 Nov 1996