Special Issue "Peristaltic Linear Pneumatic Actuators"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Fernando Gomes De Almeida
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Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidade do Porto, 4000-286 Porto, Portugal
Interests: fluid power; motion control; nonlinear control
Prof. Dr. João Falcão Carneiro
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Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universidade do Porto, 4000-286 Porto, Portugal
Interests: nonlinear control; nonlinear modelling; fluid power systems; pneumatic actuators

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit your paper(s) to our Special Issue on “Peristaltic Linear Pneumatic Actuators” in Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825). Both original research and review articles are welcome.

Pneumatic systems have always been attractive due to their simplicity, low cost, high power to weight ratio, and high velocities. Despite this, pneumatic solutions are often set aside, namely due to the difficulties associated with the high friction forces involved. To cope with this, the use of flexible materials to build alternative pneumatic actuators has been receiving increasing attention from the scientific community. Pneumatic Linear Peristaltic Actuators (PLPA) are one of those alternatives that present several potential advantages: low cost, a virtually unlimited stroke, and the possibility to perform curved motion profiles. Furthermore, given its working principle, the sliding friction in these actuators is lower than the one found in conventional ones, making the system less complex to control.

To highlight recent developments and future perspectives, this Special Issue invites contributions from all aspects on PLPAs, including but not limited to:

  • Novel hose materials and geometries
  • Design and fabrication, including 3D printing techniques
  • Improvement of the actuator service life
  • Theory and modelling
  • Other membrane based pneumatic actuators

Prof. Dr. Fernando Gomes De Almeida
Prof. Dr. João Falcão Carneiro
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Actuators is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • fluid power systems
  • fluid powered linear peristaltic actuators
  • membrane based fluid powered actuators
  • design and fabrication of flexible fluid powered actuators
  • 3D printing of fluid powered actuators
  • servo control of fluid power systems
  • friction in fluid power systems

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Additive Manufacturing of Flexible Material for Pneumatic Actuators Application
Actuators 2021, 10(7), 161; https://doi.org/10.3390/act10070161 - 15 Jul 2021
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Abstract
In this paper, endurance of peristaltic linear pneumatic actuators was studied using different hose geometries. Towards this goal, different hose geometries were additively manufactured using Fused Layer Manufacturing techniques of Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomer. Material properties of the elastomer were studied using Differential Scanning [...] Read more.
In this paper, endurance of peristaltic linear pneumatic actuators was studied using different hose geometries. Towards this goal, different hose geometries were additively manufactured using Fused Layer Manufacturing techniques of Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomer. Material properties of the elastomer were studied using Differential Scanning Calorimetry and the tensile test. The relations between the sample’s print temperature and build direction on the actuator endurance were investigated. Lastly, the relation between the geometry design of the PLPA actuator and its endurance is also discussed. Based on this methodology, authors present results showing that the use of a customized shaped hose with geometrical reinforcement at sides leads to a considerable rise in the hose endurance, when compared with the conventional circular design. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Peristaltic Linear Pneumatic Actuators)
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