Special Issue "Pneumatic, Hybrid Pneumatic–Electric, and Vacuum-Powered Actuators"
A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).
Interests: robot design, sensing and control; collaborative robots (Cobots); 3D machine vision for robots; robot learning from demonstration; soft pneumatic actuators; hybrid pneumatic-electric actuators; advanced control algorithms for pneumatic and hybrid actuators
Pneumatic actuators include cylinders, air motors, artificial muscles, and the myriad of designs being developed for soft robots. Hybrid pneumatic–electric actuators can provide greater positioning accuracy and bandwidth than purely pneumatic actuators. Vacuum-powered actuators provide a unique safety advantage (since they can only fail by implosion rather than bursting). These actuators share the advantages of a high power-to-weight ratio, thermal stability (i.e., they do not overheat), and safety for human–machine physical interaction. The latter is particularly important for emerging applications such as collaborative robots, personal robots, and assistive robots. The design and control of these actuators are ongoing areas of research.
This Special Issue will cover all aspects of the design, modeling, control, and applications of pneumatic, hybrid pneumatic–electric, and vacuum-powered actuators. Both theoretical and practical contributions are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Gary M. Bone
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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- pneumatic actuators;
- hybrid pneumatic–electric actuators;
- vacuum-powered actuators;
- soft actuators;
- position control;
- force control;
- physical human–robot interaction;
- soft robots;
- collaborative robots;
- assistive robots.