Faculty Advisor

Onal, Cagdas Denizel

Faculty Advisor

Popovic, Marko B.

Abstract

The Exo-Musculature project is a novel hydraulically-actuated elastic muscle, which is inspired by the capabilities of a biological muscle. The design has certain advantages over natural muscles, such as being able to maintain a position without expending energy. This design uses an elastic element to apply tensile force, which is released when hydraulic pressure is applied. This gives the muscle the unique characteristic of storing elastic energy when pressurized and releasing it to contract. Finally, our prototype is constructed using common materials, making it an extremely low cost solution for both medical and robotic applications.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Physics

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