Outer shell actuator driving central bending shaft by balloon arrays circumferentially-arranged inside of shell

@article{Konishi2009OuterSA,
  title={Outer shell actuator driving central bending shaft by balloon arrays circumferentially-arranged inside of shell},
  author={Satoshi Konishi and Sayaka Sawano and Natsumi Fujiwara and Yoshimasa Kurumi and Tohru Tani},
  journal={TRANSDUCERS 2009 - 2009 International Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference},
  year={2009},
  pages={53-56}
}
This paper proposes a novel outer shell actuator having circumferentially-arranged micro balloon arrays on an inner wall of the shell. The actuator can drive central bending shaft through the cylindrical shell by swelling pneumatic balloon arrays. Surrounding balloons push the central shaft independently. It is possible to manipulate a head of the shaft by… CONTINUE READING