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Magnetic Actuator with Multiple Vibration Components Arranged at Eccentric Positions for Use in Complex Piping

Actuator laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, Tohoku Gakuin University, 1 Chome-3-1 Tsuchitoi, Aoba Ward, Sendai 980-8511, Japan
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Actuators 2016, 5(3), 19; https://doi.org/10.3390/act5030019
Received: 14 April 2016 / Revised: 9 June 2016 / Accepted: 15 June 2016 / Published: 23 June 2016
This paper proposes a magnetic actuator using multiple vibration components to perform locomotion in a complex pipe with a 25 mm inner diameter. Due to the desire to increase the turning moment in a T-junction pipe, two vibration components were attached off-center to an acrylic plate with an eccentricity of 2 mm. The experimental results show that the magnetic actuator was able to move at 40.6 mm/s while pulling a load mass of 20 g in a pipe with an inner diameter of 25 mm. In addition, this magnetic actuator was able to move stably in U-junction and T-junction pipes. If a micro-camera is implemented in the future, the inspection of small complex pipes can be enabled. The possibility of inspection in pipes with a 25 mm inner diameter was shown by equipping the pipe with a micro-camera. View Full-Text
Keywords: magnetic actuator; pipe inside mover; eccentric position; complex pipe; multiple vibration components magnetic actuator; pipe inside mover; eccentric position; complex pipe; multiple vibration components
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Yaguchi, H.; Kamata, K.; Sugawara, H. Magnetic Actuator with Multiple Vibration Components Arranged at Eccentric Positions for Use in Complex Piping. Actuators 2016, 5, 19.

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