電界共役流体により駆動されるミミズ型ぜん動駆動マイクロマシン [in Japanese] Earthworm Type Micromachine Driven by Electro-conjugate Fluid [in Japanese]
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An electro-conjugate fluid (ECF) is a kind of functional fluid which generates a powerful jet flow when subjected to high DC voltage. Using this fluid, this paper proposes a novel earthworm-type peristaltic micromachine. First we describe a motion pattern of earthworm-type peristaltic micromachine, and propose a micro cell using ECF. The cell, composed of a fiber-reinforced silicone rubber tube, contracts in axial direction and expands in radial direction simultaneously by using the jet pressure of ECF. A large model prototype of earthworm-type peristaltic microma-chine having four cells in series, 10.2 [mm] in diameter and 90 [mm] in length, is developed and its basic driving characteristics are confirmed by experiments.
- Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan
Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan 25(6), 938-943, 2007-09-15
The Robotics Society of Japan