Special Issue "High-Resolution Actuators"
A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2015).
Interests: optimal design; modeling and advanced control of actuators; compliant structures; smart material-based actuators; cable-driven actuators and piezoelectric transducers
Interests: piezoelectric actuators and actuators; smart materials based systems; design and optimization; control; observers; linear and nonlinear systems; energy harvesting; microrobotics
Driven by increasing societal, economic, and technological pressures, high-resolution actuators must achieve ever increasing accuracy requirements and functional integration into the system. High-resolution actuators have been used for many decades for the development of actuators in different applications, such as microrobotics for micromanipulation and microassembly, scanning probe microscopy, medical, military, aerospace, robots, and, more generally, in mechatronic systems dedicated to tasks that require high-resolution features. These actuators are based on smart materials and also more conventional mechatronic actuators that can achieve interesting performances with a high-resolution, either in position or in force.
- The advantages of smart materials-based actuators (piezoelectric, magnetic, magnetostrictive, electroactive polymers, magnetoactive polymers, shape memory alloys, magnetic shape memory alloys, thermally active materials, …) are numerous including the high resolution of positioning and the ease of integration in miniaturized systems. Some of them can provide very high bandwidth, whilst others a very high stiffness, or high range of deformation and thus of positioning.
- Optimal designs of mechatronic actuators together with appropriate control strategies have often lead to very interesting solutions in terms of force or position characteristics. Nonlinear phenomena at the basis of the design rationale (friction, backlash, hysteresis, …) can be efficiently treated to provide the actuation with high-resolution performances in terms of position or force.
The objective of this Special Issue is to investigate new techniques, technologies, results, principles and surveys for actuators that are characterized by high-resolution performances. The issue will provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present their most recent accomplishments, challenges, advances in this area, and we also encourage future research directions in the field. Contributions from industry are encouraged, and both theoretical and experimental works are welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited, to:
–Position- and/or force-controlled actuators with high resolution
–Nonlinear modeling of high resolution actuators (friction, hysteresis, creep, …)
–Novel multiphysic transduction for actuators
–Improved smart materials for high performances actuators
–Optimal or robust design of actuators
–Actuators with self-sensing measurement
–Smart materials-based actuators with collocated sensors
–Piezoelectric, magnetic or magnetostrictive actuators
–Electroactive and magnetoactive polymers-based actuators
–Shape memory alloys and magnetic shape memory alloys-based actuators
Dr. Micky RAKOTONDRABE
Dr. Mathieu GROSSARD
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- Novel actuators for mechatronic systems
- Design, modeling and control of actuators
- Smart materials-based actuators