The increasing interest in developing robots for a number of different applications requires an intensive innovation in the actuation technologies and principles used in robot design.
The Actuation and Power System Lab aims at developing new actuation systems while improving performance of the traditional technologies. The research focuses on the development of adjustable compliant actuators based on electric motors for improving energy efficiency e.g. legged robots and safety e.g. manipulators. Pneumatic Muscle Actuators and hydraulic systems using both oil and water are investigated for their high power/weight ratio, an important feature for mobile platforms.
New systems for energy generation and storage, including fuel cells and Stirling engines, are also explored.
ProjectsWater Hydraulic Environmentally Friendly Actuation