JRM Vol.26 No.1 pp. 85-94
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2014.p0085


Development of Surface Wave Mechanism: Proposition of the Concept and Experiment of Prototypes

Yu-Chun Fu, Edwardo F. Fukushima, and Shigeo Hirose

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550, Japan

October 21, 2013
December 18, 2013
February 20, 2014
propulsion, mobile robot, surface wave mechanism, RS-Wave, watertight
This research proposes a new propulsion mechanism called “Surface Wave Mechanism.” The concept behind the SurfaceWave Mechanism – generating waves for propulsion – features a large propulsion area, no exposed infinite rotating shaft, and water- and dustproof attributes. The Surface Wave Mechanism is introduced, and three prototypes are designed and evaluated. Specifically, the cylindrical model, Rotary Surface Wave Mechanism PL-I, possesses a novel structure that generates propulsion throughout the cylindrical body using a single actuator, as detailed in the mechanical design and experiment results presented.
Cite this article as:
Y. Fu, E. Fukushima, and S. Hirose, “Development of Surface Wave Mechanism: Proposition of the Concept and Experiment of Prototypes,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.26 No.1, pp. 85-94, 2014.
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