Actuators are significant elements to drive mechanical systems. Due to the multiple requirements and the development of advanced materials and processing technologies, the development and application of advanced actuators are required with high-performance and/or availability in extreme environments. In this course, piezoelectric, electrostatic, fluid power and shape memory alloy actuators with different working principles and soft and micro actuators with different functionalities are taken up and their working principles, performance, control methods and applications are explained. The fundamentals of advanced mechanical engineering are covered.
As key technologies in mechanical engineering, this course aims at building a fundamental of advanced mechanical engineering by offering technological information of various advanced actuators with different working principles and functionalities.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Describe working principles and performance of advanced actuators such as piezoelectric, electrostatic, fluid power, shape memory alloy, soft and micro actuators.
2) Describe control methods and applications of advanced actuators.
3) Design advanced mechanical systems with wide variety of specifications selecting adequate actuators.
Piezoelectric actuators, Electrostatic actuators, Fluid power actuators, Shape memory alloy actuators, multiple degrees-of-freedom actuators, Microactuators
|✔ Specialist skills
|Critical thinking skills
|✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills
The instructor will explain individual actuator's working principle, performance, control method, applications and features. The instruction will be conducted online using Zoom, etc.
|Fundamentals of advanced actuators
|Understand the definition of actuator and the background and significance of development of advanced actuators
|Understand the working principle, performance and control methods of electrostatic actuators
|Fluid power actuators
|Understand the working principle, performance and control methods of fluid power actuators
|Shape memory alloy actuators
|Understand the working principle, performance and control methods of shape memory alloy actuators
|Understand the working principle, performance and control methods of piezoelectric actuators
|Understand the working principle, performance and control methods of soft actuators
|Understand the working principle, performance and control methods of microactuators
To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.
Course materials are provided during class.
Actuator System Technical Committee of JSME-MDT Ed., Actuator Engineering, Yokendo Co., Ltd., (2004) (in Japanese)
T. Higuchi and M. Ohka Ed., Forefront of R & D of Actuators, NTS Inc., (2011) (in Japanese)
K.Suzumori, Introduction to Actuators, Kodansya, (2014) (in Japanese)
Students' understanding level of the concept and the technical information of advanced actuators will be assessed by reports.