Modelling pneumatic muscles as hydraulic muscles for use as an underwater actuator

Ku, Kenneth and Bradbeer, Robin (2008) Modelling pneumatic muscles as hydraulic muscles for use as an underwater actuator. In: Mechatronics and machine vision in practice. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany, pp. 209-217. ISBN 978-3-540-74026-1


It's become clear that if muscles could be powered hydraulically instead of pneumatically, then they would provide a very efficient actuator for underwater use. This has been confirmed by the manufacturers. Although a number of muscle-based actuators have been developed for underwater use, they either use expensive composites, and/or compound hydraulic cylinders. There have been no reports so far of anyone using rubber artificial muscles in hydraulic mode.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 07:51
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 03:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: pneumatic muscles; robotics; neoprene; linear actuator
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
09 Engineering > 0911 Maritime Engineering > 091106 Special Vehicles
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-74027-8_17

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