Special Issue "Variable Stiffness Actuators"
A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.
Interests: biomedical engineering; control engineering; rehabilitation robotics; compliant actuators
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Interests: mechatronic systems; compliant actuators; rehabilitation robotics; exoskeleton
Interests: variable stiffness actuators; control engineering; physiological modeling; motion analysis; respiration
The application of compliant actuators is pursued for various reasons, including safe human-machine interactions, the imitation of physiological muscle characteristics, the reduction of peak torque, peak performance, and energy consumption. The mechanical design and technical implementation of the variable compliant actuators is a key challenge. As multivariable systems, actuator systems equipped with adjustable compliance require special control methods. Some application scenarios for these modern actuator topologies are bipedal gait, support at work or in everyday life, rehabilitation robotics, and industrial motion control.
Contributions from all areas of compliant actuators are welcome in this Special Issue, particularly the following:
- Rehabilitation Robotics: Variable stiffness actuators to support the lower limb;
- Design: Variable Stiffness Actuator design and experimental validation of prototypes;
- Energy Analysis: Efficiency enhancement with actuators containing elastic elements;
- Support in everyday life: Actuators for motion support (e.g., elderly people);
- Control Systems: Control of systems including compliant actuators;
- Industrial Application: VSA for use in motion support and automated processes.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. med. Dr. h. c. Steffen Leonhardt
Dipl.-Ing. Bernhard Penzlin
Dr.-Ing. Chuong Ngo
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- Control systems
- Human robot interaction
- Energy efficiency
- Compliant actuators
- Rehabilitation robotics
- Controllable stiffness actuators
- Actuator design