Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Smart Actuation and Sensing Systems

Recent Advances and Future Challenges

Edited by Giovanni Berselli

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy


Rocco Vertechy

University of Bologna, Italy

Gabriele Vassura

University of Bologna, Italy

The objective of the present book, which tries to summarize in an edited format and in a fairly comprehensive manner, many of the recent technical research accomplishments in the area of Smart Actuators and Smart Sensors, is to combine researchers and scientists from different fields into a single virtual room. The book hence reflects the multicultural nature of the field and will allow the reader to taste and appreciate different points of view, different engineering methods and different tools that must be jointly considered when designing and realizing smart actuation and sensing systems.

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Smart Actuation and Sensing SystemsRecent Advances and Future ChallengesEdited by Giovanni Berselli

Published: October 17th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/2760

ISBN: 978-953-51-0798-9

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4270-6

Copyright year: 2012

Books open for chapter submissions

70201 Total Chapter Downloads

90 Crossref Citations

138 Web of Science Citations

157 Dimensions Citations


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1. Optimum Mechanical Design of Binary Actuators Based on Shape Memory Alloys

By A. Spaggiari, G. Scirè Mammano and E. Dragoni


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2. New Developments on Mini/Micro Shape Memory Actuators

By Adelaide Nespoli, Carlo Alberto Biffi, Riccardo Casati,Francesca Passaretti, Ausonio Tuissi and Elena Villa


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3. SMA-Based Muscle-Like Actuation in Biologically Inspired Robots: A State of the Art Review

By William Coral, Claudio Rossi, Julian Colorado, Daniel Lemus and Antonio Barrientos


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4. Shape Memory Actuators for Medical Rehabilitation and Neuroscience

By Simone Pittaccio and Stefano Viscuso


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5. 1D Phenomenological Modeling of Shape Memory and Pseudoelasticity in NiTi Alloys

By Carmine Maletta and Franco Furgiuele


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6. Modeling, Compensation and Control of Smart Devices with Hysteresis

By Daniele Davino, Alessandro Giustiniani and Ciro Visone


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7. A Technology for Soft and Wearable Generators

By Thomas G. McKay, Benjamin M. O’Brien and Iain A. Anderson


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8. Large Scale Capacitive Skin for Robots

By P. Maiolino, A. Ascia, M. Maggiali, L. Natale, G. Cannata and G. Metta


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9. Ionic Polymer Metal Composite Transducer and Self-Sensing Ability

By Doan Ngoc Chi Nam and Ahn Kyoung Kwan


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10. Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Artificial Muscles in Bio-Inspired Engineering Research: Underwater Propulsion

By Zheng Chen, T. Um and Hilary Bart-Smith


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11. Sensing and Rheological Capabilities of MR Elastomers

By Weihua Li, Tongfei Tian and Haiping Du


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12. Simultaneous Smart Actuating-Sensing Devices Based on Conducting Polymers

By José G. Martínez, Joaquín Arias-Pardilla and Toribio F. Otero


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13. Novel Self-Oscillating Polymer Actuators for Soft Robot

By Yusuke Hara, Shingo Maeda,Takashi Mikanohara, Hiroki Nakagawa, Satoshi Nakamaru and Shuji Hashimoto


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14. Optimal Design Methodology of Magnetorheological Fluid Based Mechanisms

By Quoc-Hung Nguyen and Seung-Bok Choi


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15. MR Fluid Damper and Its Application to Force Sensorless Damping Control System

By D. Q. Truong and K. K. Ahn


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16. New Magnetic Translation/Rotation Drive by Use of Magnetic Particles with Specific Gravity Smaller than a Liquid

By Makoto Nokata


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17. New Perspectives for Magnetic Fluid-Based Devices Using Novel Ionic Liquids as Carriers

By Laura Rodríguez-Arco, Ana Gómez-Ramírez, Juan D.G. Durán and Modesto T. López-López


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18. Trade-off Analysis and Design of a Hydraulic Energy Scavenger

By Enrico Zenerino, Joaquim Girardello Detoni, Diego Boero, Andrea Tonoli and Marcello Chiaberge


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19. Magnetoelastic Energy Harvesting: Modeling and Experiments

By Daniele Davino, Alessandro Giustiniani and Ciro Visone


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20. Feedforward and Modal Control for a Multi Degree of Freedom High Precision Machine

By Andrea Tonoli, Angelo Bonfitto, Marcello Chiaberge, Mario Silvagni, Lester D. Suarez and Enrico Zenerino


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21. Segmented Foot with Compliant Actuators and Its Applications to Lower-Limb Prostheses and Exoskeletons

By Qining Wang, Jinying Zhu, Yan Huang, Kebin Yuan and Long Wang


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22. Compliant Robotics and Automation with Flexible Fluidic Actuators and Inflatable Structures

By I. Gaiser, R. Wiegand, O. Ivlev, A. Andres, H. Breitwieser, S. Schulz and G. Bretthauer


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23. A Tactile Sensing System Based on Arrays of Piezoelectric Polymer Transducers

By Lucia Seminara, Luigi Pinna, Marco Capurro and Maurizio Valle


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24. Piezomechanics in PZT Stack Actuators for Cryogenic Fuel Injectors

By Yasuhide Shindo and Fumio Narita


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25. Smart Actuation for Helicopter Rotorblades

By A. Paternoster, R. Loendersloot, A. de Boer and R. Akkerman


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26. Active Control of Plate-Like Structures for Vibration and Sound Suppression

By Ipek Basdogan, Utku Boz, Serkan Kulah and Mustafa Ugur Aridogan


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27. Shunted Piezoceramics for Vibration Damping – Modeling, Applications and New Trends

By Marcus Neubauer, Sebastian M. Schwarzendahl and Xu Han


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