This paper presents investigations toward the development of an inflated deformable rolling rover. The proposed novel locomotion system could find potential future use, for example, in scouting and exploration missions. The manufacturing procedure used to fabricate a preliminary prototype is presented in this paper. The prototype consists of a rigid frame and four dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) sectors, which give the prototype a spherical shape. Analytical models are proposed to predict the electromechanical behavior of the DEA sectors and to estimate their effect on the prototype's dynamics. These models are validated through an experimental procedure

Electroactive Elastomeric Actuators for the Implementation of a Deformable Spherical Rover

DEBEI, STEFANO;COCUZZA, SILVIO
2011

Abstract

This paper presents investigations toward the development of an inflated deformable rolling rover. The proposed novel locomotion system could find potential future use, for example, in scouting and exploration missions. The manufacturing procedure used to fabricate a preliminary prototype is presented in this paper. The prototype consists of a rigid frame and four dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA) sectors, which give the prototype a spherical shape. Analytical models are proposed to predict the electromechanical behavior of the DEA sectors and to estimate their effect on the prototype's dynamics. These models are validated through an experimental procedure
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