Special Issue "Designing, Sensing, Instrumentation, Diagnosis, Controlling, and Integration of Actuators in Digital Manufacturing Especially in Aerospace Engineering"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825). This special issue belongs to the section "Actuators for Manufacturing Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2023 | Viewed by 489

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Zhuming Bi
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Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
Interests: enterprise information systems; digital manufacturing; finite element analysis; machine designs; robotics and automation; enterprise systems
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Dr. Yuk-Ming Tang
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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Interests: virtual reality; artificial intelligence; digital twin; industry 4.0; sustainable technology
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Dr. K.L. Yung
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Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Hong Kong, China
Interests: precision engineering; product mechatronics; automatic control system; computer integrated manufacturing and management; computer vision; 3D model retrieval; logistic planning and optimization; deep space exploration
Prof. Dr. Andrew W.H. Ip
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A2, Canada
Interests: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and supply chain technologies; Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs); decision support systems and Artificial Intelligence (AI); big data analytics; resilience engineering
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Actuators are usually essential enablers to implement the functions of a device, product, or system. As primary system elements, actuators are required to be integrated with other system elements such as other actuators, sensors, end-effectors, and embedded controls to fulfill their functions. Therefore, modern actuators have been advanced greatly by incorporating newly developed digital technologies such as cyber-physical systems (CPSs), Internet of Things (IoT), digital twins (DT-I), cloud computing (CC), digital triads (DT-II), additive manufacturing, predictive manufacturing, blockchain technologies (BCT), and big data analytics (BDA). This Special Issue aims to collect some representative researches on the development of new machines, products, and systems in digital manufacturing, especially in aerospace engineering, with the merits in designing, sensing, instrumentation, diagnosis, control, and integration of actuators. The topics that will make up this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Literature surveys on working principles, methodologies, and applications of actuators
  • Smart actuators
  • Macro/micro systems
  • Temperature-compensation actuators
  • Mechatronic designs of actuators
  • New fabrication, assembly, and testing of actuators
  • Actuators by additive manufacturing
  • Predictive controls
  • Improvement of existing actuators
  • Actuators in defense and space explorations and other applications
  • Actuators in productions
  • Actuators in digital manufacturing
  • Actuators in cyber physical systems
  • Actuators in robotics
  • New technologies such as sensing, diagnosis, modelling, and analysis relevant to actuators
  • Self-powered actuators, sensors, and cyber-physical sensors
  • Modelling methods for analyses and optimization of actuators
  • Actuators in digital manufacturing
  • Designs of actuators in special applications especially in deep sea or space explorations
  • Actuators in mechatronic products and systems

Prof. Dr. Zhuming Bi
Dr. Yuk-Ming Tang
Dr. K.L. Yung
Prof. Dr. Andrew W. H. Ip
Guest Editors

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  • literature survey
  • virtual reality
  • artificial intelligence
  • digital twin
  • industry 4.0
  • sustainable technology
  • smart actuators
  • system integration
  • space explorations
  • sensing and instrumentation
  • hardware in loop
  • digital manufacturing
  • mechatronic systems
  • embedded controls
  • predictive controls
  • modelling and simulation
  • Internet of Things
  • big data analytics
  • data-driven controls
  • cyber physical systems
  • robotics

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Safety Analysis, Design and Evaluation of 2-DOF Parallel Lifting Actuator on Stereo Parking Robot
Actuators 2022, 11(7), 181; https://doi.org/10.3390/act11070181 - 29 Jun 2022
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Stereo garage technology can effectively alleviate the problem of parking difficulties, but the safety problems of its actuators, via which the core of stereo parking function can be realized, seriously affect its promotion and further development. In this paper, a two degrees of [...] Read more.
Stereo garage technology can effectively alleviate the problem of parking difficulties, but the safety problems of its actuators, via which the core of stereo parking function can be realized, seriously affect its promotion and further development. In this paper, a two degrees of freedom (2-DOF) parallel lifting actuator for a stereo parking robot is designed by researching the type synthesis of the mechanism based on the screw theory. The limb constrained triangle method, the flexibility of limb constrained triangle, and the failure probability are proposed to determine the final configuration of the parallel lifting actuator. Then, this paper completes the dimensional optimization of the parallel lifting actuator based on the multi-motion performance indexes and kinematic analysis, which improves the safety and stability of the actuator. Finally, this paper verifies the validity of the parallel lifting actuator by establishing a parallel lifting actuator verification model system. By verifying the dynamic characteristics of the model mobile platform under different load conditions, it is proven that the kinematic stability of the mobile platform decreases with the increase of load mass under load conditions. Additionally, through practical application experiment, it is proven that the parallel lifting mechanism can effectively alleviate the parking difficulty problem. Full article
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