Development of artificial muscles as actors and sensors on the basis of dielectric elastomers

Third Party Funds Group - Sub project

Overall project details

Overall project: bionicum research

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Franke
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sigrid Leyendecker

Project members:
Sebastian Reitelshöfer
Tristan Schlögl

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Chair of Applied Dynamics
Lehrstuhl für Fertigungsautomatisierung und Produktionssystematik

Funding source: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz (ab 10/2013) (Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt)
Funding source: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Gesundheit (StMUG) (bis 09/2013) (Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt)
Start date: 01/10/2012
End date: 31/10/2017
Extension Date: 31/03/2018

Research Fields

Chair of Applied Dynamics
multibody dynamics and robotics
Chair of Applied Dynamics
structure preserving simulation and optimal control
Chair of Applied Dynamics

Abstract (technical / expert description):

The aim of the research project is to provide the basis for a new generation of robotic solutions through the use of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA) as artificial muscles, covering a broad range of applications from intrinsically safe service robots to highly dynamic mobile kinematics to bionic prostheses. For this purpose, the subareas of automated production of actuators, control electronics and simulation are considered in more detail. On the basis of the aerosol jet printing, a process can be qualified which produces additive and planarized dielectric elastomer actuators and sensors. In the field of power electronics, a simultaneous evaluation and control of DEA based on a central energy source is being developed. This allows the use of multiple DEA as self-sensing actuators. An electromechanically coupled simulation model allows the investigation and optimal control of robotic kinematics that are driven by artificial muscles.

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Schlögl, T., Leyendecker, S., Reitelshöfer, S., Landgraf, M., Yoo, I.S., & Franke, J. (2014). On modelling and simulation of dielectric elastomer actuators via electrostatic-elastodynamic coupling. In Proceedings of the IMSD. Busan, KR.
Schlögl, T., & Leyendecker, S. (2014). Variational formulation and finite element modelling of electrostatic-elastodynamic coupling. In PAMM (pp. 481 - 482). Erlangen, DE.
Reitelshöfer, S., Landgraf, M., Schlögl, T., Franke, J., & Leyendecker, S. (2013, June). Qualifying dielectric elastomer actuators for usage in complex and compliant robot kinematics. Poster presentation at EuroEAP, Dübendorf, CH.

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