Onal, Cagdas Denizel
The goal of this project is to design, analyze, and fabricate a pneumatically powered, functionally-graded soft robotic actuator made of a polymer embedded with nanoparticles, and later attach three of them to a hand-sized gripper assembly for object distribution. This was accomplished through finite element analysis, polymer-nanoparticle mix tensile testing, and construction of a mechanical arm controlled by a wearable gesture controller. Results show that the functionally-graded actuator produces 1.6 times the lateral force output and twice the displacement than the 15wt% control actuator.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering