Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Soft actuators

The research group is particularly interested in the design of Variable Impedance Actuators (also known as Variable stiffness actuators, soft actuators, compliant actuators). These types of actuators are especially suited for applications involving physical human-robot interactions. In this context several new actuators were developed within R&MM group:

  • SPEAR: Series-Parallel Elastic Actuators for Robotics.
  • PoweRing: PoweRing - A gearbox for next-generation robots.
  • PPAM: Pleated Pneumatic Artificial Muscle.
  • MACCEPA: The Mechanically Adjustable Compliance and Controllable Equilibrium Position Actuator.
  • SPEA: Series-Parallel Elastic Actuation.

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