Dry Adhesive Feet for QuadraRiSE

Active-control Actuation

Pull-pull actuation

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  • Mechanism allows toes to bend upwards (peeling) or downwards (pressing against surface).
  • Benefits:
    • Pull-pull mechanism means more flexible cables can be used. This makes it easier to route cables along feet, through ankle, etc.
    • More force can be applied into actuation, as it does not depend on the stiffness of the cable - this is useful as robots increase in size, and cable stiffness cannot supply the necessary down force. Opens up possibilities for new ways of climbing (gripping with fingers?).
    • Individualized actuation for each toe segment, which makes it easier to reach around obstacles/bumps.
    • Only needs one servo to control.
  • Things to think about
    • At any point, the foot has to have a height of 2 cm or so, or else the cables will bend too much and buckle. (Perhaps this can be fixed by using a more flexible cable.)
    • Toe segments have to be quite long - around 1.5 cm, for the same reason as above.
    • Range of motion in either direction is somewhat limited.
    • Two cable lines per foot and additional mechanisms increase overall size of toes.

-- RenFungYu? - 29 Jun 2006

Two-degree actuation toe, version 2.

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  • Changes/improvements over previous design.
    • Buckling tendency reduced.
    • Determined minimum diameter of cable turns to be around 0.7 cm.
    • Range of motion of peeling motion increased.
    • To minimize the number of cable turns, number of toe segments reduced to three, from previously planned six or seven. No significant decline in performance foreseen.
    • Maximum height of current design is around 2 cm.
    • Length of each toe is 9 cm. Width is 6 cm. Planning for three or four toes per foot.
  • Hoping for design approval and to start production stage.
  • See video here.

-- RenFungYu? - 06 Jul 2006

Non-rigid Frame

  • Tested prototype foot using non-rigid frame. As normal and tangental (from load) forces act on the heel from the wall, the foot flexes outward, pushing it against the wall.

Non-rigid frame demonstration
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Click here for video of mechanism.

  • Need to build a stronger, more rigid model for testing QuadraRiSE-scale loads (1-2 kg).
  • Height of foot needs to be reduced.
  • SDM more reliable elastic joints or springs.

-- RenFungYu? - 26 Jun 2006

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