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Flexible self-reconfigurable robots based on thermoplastic adhesives

Iida, F and Wang, L and Brodbeck, L (2014) Flexible self-reconfigurable robots based on thermoplastic adhesives. In: UNSPECIFIED pp. 193-204..

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Abstract

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014. The paper introduces a concept of flexible self-reconfiguration that makes use of thermoplastic adhesives (TPAs) in robotic systems. TPAs are polymerbased materials that exhibit several interesting mechanical properties beneficial for self-reconfiguration. For example, thermoplasticity enables robots to flexibly fabricate a number of different mechanical structures, while temperature-dependent adhesion allows systems to make robust connection and disconnection. This paper introduces robotic self-reconfiguration by using three TPA handling processes, i.e. structure formation, connection and disconnection. These processes are then examined in a few practical application scenarios, i.e. pick and place operations of a variety of objects, autonomous body extension of robotic manipulators, and robots climbing on uneven surfaces. And finally we discusses challenges and perspectives of this approach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div F > Machine Intelligence
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:40
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 01:50
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