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Design of the reactive Peano muscle

Design of the reactive Peano muscle

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In this chapter we first explore how sensors are embedded into biological muscles and how researchers have mimicked this principle in various contractile fluid powered muscles. Next, we propose a method for sensing the physical state of the Peano muscle and describe how to fabricate these sensors and embed them into a Peano muscle. Finally, we characterise the resulting Peano muscle's actuation and sensing performance and demonstrate that embedded DE sensors do not compromise its capabilities as a soft actuator for rehabilitation.

Chapter Contents:

  • 4.1 Actuators that sense
  • 4.1.1 Prior art in embedded sensors for linear fluid powered muscles
  • 4.2 The reactive Peano muscle
  • 4.2.1 DE sensors
  • 4.3 Fabrication of the reactive Peano muscle
  • 4.4 Characterising the reactive Peano muscle
  • 4.4.1 Methods
  • 4.4.2 Muscle performance results and discussion
  • 4.4.3 Sensor performance results and discussion
  • 4.5 Summary
  • References

Inspec keywords: intelligent sensors; patient rehabilitation; muscle; electroactive polymer actuators; biomedical equipment

Other keywords: contractile fluid powered muscles; embedded dielectric elastomer sensors; soft actuator; patient rehabilitation; biological muscles; reactive Peano muscle; Peano muscle actuation; sensing performance

Subjects: Patient care and treatment; Sensing and detecting devices; Intelligent sensors; Patient care and treatment; Other dielectric applications and devices

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