IJAT Vol.10 No.4 pp. 525-532
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2016.p0525


Three-DOF Electrostatic Induction Actuator Providing Translational and Rotational Surface-Drive Motion

Norio Yamashita and Akio Yamamoto

The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan

Corresponding author,

January 12, 2016
March 11, 2016
July 5, 2016
electrostatic actuator, induction actuator, Three-DOF, surface-drive
This paper describes the driving characteristics of a three degree-of-freedom (three-DOF) electrostatic induction actuator, which can demonstrate surface-drive characteristics with translational and rotational motions. It consists of a sheet-type slider without electrodes and a planar stator with an array of three-phase driving electrodes. The electrodes with different orientations are aligned in a regular manner to construct a four-by-four checkerboard pattern. Controlling applied voltage patterns can generate translational or rotational patterns of electrostatic fields, which drive the slider. The performance of the three-DOF actuator with regards to translational and rotational motion was investigated.
Cite this article as:
N. Yamashita and A. Yamamoto, “Three-DOF Electrostatic Induction Actuator Providing Translational and Rotational Surface-Drive Motion,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.10 No.4, pp. 525-532, 2016.
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