Micro but mighty [electronic resource] : microrobots working in a macro world
- David L. Christensen.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource.
Also available at
At the library
All items must be viewed on site
Request items at least 2 days before you visit to allow retrieval from off-site storage. You can request at most 5 items per day.
|3781 2016 C||In-library use|
- Christensen, David L.
- Cutkosky, Mark R., primary advisor.
- Kenny, Thomas, advisor.
- Prinz, Friedrich, advisor.
- Stanford University. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
- The vision of microrobots working together to move human scale objects has long been in the imaginations of science fiction writers, but in practical terms this vision has been hard to achieve. Friction scales unfavorably with size reduction, so the ability to provide shear ground reaction forces is severely limited at small scales. This thesis examines the use of small robots that employ controllable adhesives, i.e., adhesives for which the magnitude of the adhesive pressure can be modulated by varying a quantity such as the applied shear force. The applications include robots for horizontal and vertical surfaces. The thesis also addresses the implications for actuation that accompany a desire to use controllable adhesion in small robots. Finally, the thesis examines the characteristics of small robots, and their mode of locomotion, that make them more or less suited for working in teams to produce much larger forces than each robot can produce individually.
- Publication date
- Submitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
- Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2016.
Browse related items
Start at call number: