An Underwater Manipulator with Depth-Independent Sensing
Mr. Huang Chaoyi
PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering Dept.
Date & Time
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
For underwater exploration, a manipulator is an essential component for sampling and other interactive tasks. Compared to the conventional rigid body manipulators that required substantial size and weight, soft robotics could offer compact structure and multi-dimensional interaction ability. The interference caused by water pressure variation is critical for the hydraulic soft actuation and sensing. In this talk, a sensing framework of the hall-effect silicone force sensor and an IMU-based posture sensor is proposed to improve the sensing ability for underwater manipulation. The water non-absorbent properties of silicone gel make the force sensor unaffected by different water pressure. By calibrating relative position, the sealed IMUs could predict the local posture of the soft actuators. A novel soft robotic manipulation system based on this framework is developed and experimental results are presented to demonstrate its effectiveness.
Robotics and Control