The rising interest in soft robotics, combined to the increasing applications in the space industry, leads to the development of novel lightweight and deployable robotic systems, that could be easily contained in a relatively small package to be deployed when required. The main challenges for soft robotic systems are the low force exertion and the control complexity. In this manuscript, a soft manipulator concept, having inflatable links, is introduced to face these issues. A prototype of the inflatable link is manufactured and statically characterized using a pseudo-rigid body model on varying inflation pressure. Moreover, the full robot model and algorithms for the load and pose estimation are presented. Finally, a control strategy, using inverse kinematics and an elastostatic approach, is developed. Experimental results provide input data for the control algorithm, and its validity domain is discussed on the basis of a simulation model. This preliminary analysis puts the basis of future advancements in building the robot prototype and developing dynamic models and robust control.
Preliminary Analysis of a Lightweight and Deployable Soft Robot for Space Applications / Troise, Mario; Gaidano, Matteo; Palmieri, Pierpaolo; Mauro, Stefano. - In: APPLIED SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3417. - ELETTRONICO. - 11:6(2021), p. 2558. [10.3390/app11062558]
|Titolo:||Preliminary Analysis of a Lightweight and Deployable Soft Robot for Space Applications|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/app11062558|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|