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This paper presents and discusses a novel mechanism which was conceived taking inspiration from the micro-hydraulic system used by spiders to extend their legs. The mechanism has the potential to be used in future space applications, although the harsh space conditions, and in particular outgassing, should be carefully addressed in the design of a(More)
Robotica / Volume 28 / Issue 07 / December 2010, pp 1045 1056 DOI: 10.1017/S0263574709990907, Published online: 18 January 2010 Link to this article: http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0263574709990907 How to cite this article: J. Berring, K. Kianfar, C. Lira, C. Menon and F. Scarpa (2010). A smart hydraulic joint for future implementation in robotic(More)
This paper describes a new concept of an active honeycomb structure for morphing wingtip applications based on tubular inflatable systems and an auxetic cellular structure. A work-energy model to predict the output honeycomb displacement versus input pressure is developed together with a finite element formulation, and the results are compared with the data(More)
The extreme rainfall event of February 20, 2010 triggered a series of landslides and alluvium episodes with extensive life and material damages. The use of automatic detection of the landslides over satellite imagery allowed the identification and characterization of the affected areas, the mapping of the landslide features and the calculation of the(More)
Within the last few years, liquid composite moulding (LCM) technologies have advanced to the point where they can provide an alternative to the use of prepreg laminates to achieve consistent quality. The aim of the research undertaken is to enable further enhancement in accomplishing higher quality of the manufactured part, by introduction of simulation(More)
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