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Flapping at resonance: Realization of an electroactive elastic thorax

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2018)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 24-28 April 2018, Livorno, Italy
Publisher or commissioning bodyInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538645161
ISBN (Print)9781538645178
DateAccepted/In press - 28 Feb 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 5 Jul 2018
DatePublished (current) - 2018
Event1st IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, RoboSoft 2018 - Livorno, Italy
Duration: 24 Apr 201828 Apr 2018


Conference1st IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, RoboSoft 2018


Insect-inspired flapping wing micro air vehicles (MAV) have attracted considerable interest due to their potential for agile flight in complex environments. Resonant excitation of the wing flapping mechanism in insects is highly advantageous as it amplifies the flapping amplitude and reduces the inertial power demand. Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) produce large actuation strain and their inherent elasticity is ideal for resonant operation. In this work we present a double cone DEA design and characterize its resonant frequency and phase shift to analyze its mechanical power output as a DEA-mass oscillator. Then an artificial thorax driven by this elastic actuator is demonstrated, this thorax design is able to provide a peak flapping amplitude of 63° at a frequency of 18 Hz.


1st IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics, RoboSoft 2018

Duration24 Apr 201828 Apr 2018

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