Design of a bio-inspired soft robot for break bulk manipulation in transport engineering

Trung Tin Bui Duc, Jovana Jovanova

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Abstract

This research explores the possibility of upscaling bio-inspired designed soft robots in transport engineering application with the focus on grabbing and manipulating break bulk such as windmill blades or rolls of steel. Upscaling current state soft robotic systems includes challenges regarding the structural strength of the robot. Also certain actuation methods could be affected by upscaling the actuators as well. The design of the proposed bio-inspired soft robot is determined by analysing the functions and constraints of the design as well as evaluating different types of gripping solutions based on the different types of shapes of the object. In this research the claw gripping is selected to be applied in break bulk manipulation. This gripping solution could potentially be combined with the vacuum gripping solution to be able to manipulate more types of objects. The three fingers of the claw are designed based on the trunk of an elephant as the trunk of an elephant can lift heavy loads and can therefore be seen as a good starting point to design a high load capacity gripper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ASME 2021 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2021
PublisherASME
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7918-8549-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventASME 2021 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 14 Sep 202115 Sep 2021

Conference

ConferenceASME 2021 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, SMASIS 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period14/09/2115/09/21

Keywords

  • Bio-inspired design
  • Break bulk
  • Gripping mechanism
  • Scaling
  • Smart materials
  • Soft robotics
  • Transport engineering

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