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Characterization and control of a pneumatic microactuator with an integrated inductive position sensor

De Volder, M and Coosemans, J and Puers, R and Reynaerts, D (2008) Characterization and control of a pneumatic microactuator with an integrated inductive position sensor. Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 141. pp. 192-200. ISSN 0924-4247

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As the intelligence and the functionality of microrobots increase, there is a growing need to incorporate sensors into these robots. In order to limit the outer dimensions of these microsystems, this research investigates sensors that can be integrated efficiently into microactuators. Here, a pneumatic piston-cylinder microactuator with an integrated inductive position sensor was developed. The main advantage of pneumatic actuators is their high force and power density at microscale. The outside diameter of the actuator is 1.3 mm and the length is 15 mm. The stroke of the actuator is 12 mm, and the actuation force is 1 N at a supply pressure of 1.5 MPa. The position sensor consists of two coils wound around the cylinder of the actuator. The measurement principle is based on the change in coupling factor between the coils as the piston moves in the actuator. The sensor is extremely small since one layer of 25 μm copper wire is sufficient to achieve an accuracy of 10 μm over the total stroke. Position tests with a PI controller and a sliding mode controller showed that the actuator is able to position with an accuracy up to 30 μm. Such positioning systems offer great opportunities for all devices that need to control a large number of degrees of freedom in a restricted volume. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fluidic microactuator Inductive micro-position-sensor Integrated actuator-sensors system Mechatronic microsystem Microrobotics PI control Sliding mode control
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron job
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 13:30
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 11:34
DOI: 10.1016/j.sna.2007.07.012