A new development in low cost pneumatic actuators.

Prior, Stephen D. and Warner, Peter R. (1991) A new development in low cost pneumatic actuators. In: Fifth International Conference on Advanced Robotics 'Robots in Unstructured Environments'. IEEE, pp. 1590-1593. ISBN 0780300785. [Book Section] (doi:10.1109/ICAR.1991.240503)


Outlines the history of pneumatic muscle actuators as applied to prosthetics, orthotics and rehabilitation robotics. The advantages of low cost pneumatic muscles over more conventional forms of actuation are described, together with details of a single-axis test-rig which is being used to analyse the static and dynamic performance of a new type of muscle system in twenty different variations of length and width. A theoretical analysis using the nonsteady flow energy equation is proposed and some early experimental results are presented. Finally, the results of this study can be used to develop an electric wheelchair mounted robotic arm incorporating pneumatic muscle actuators.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: INSPEC Accession Number: 4463093
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
Item ID: 8295
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Depositing User: Dr Stephen Prior
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 06:15
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:23
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/8295

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