Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Technology Management-Engineering Technology

Department

Engineering Technologies

First Advisor

Dr. Mohammad Mayyas

Second Advisor

Dr. Sri Kolla

Abstract

In this work, we develop a scalable end-effector mechanism for grasping three- dimensional objects with sizes ranging from micrometer to millimeter scale. The design architecture of the gripper comprises an array of identical fingers patented in a circular fashion. Each finger is designed from a novel linkage mechanism whose end effector is manipulated by two independent actuators. In this research, we study three finger gripper device, where each is obtained from a 3 - linkage mechanism. The device is controlled by three independent piezo actuators, and one electro-magnetic solenoid common to each mechanism. The gripping capability depends on how fingers are controlled collectively and on the mechanical flexibility, which together provide variety of gripping performances that are necessary to handle a wide variety of objects. The gripping performance is defined here by grasping force at contact, motion range, and bandwidth. Optimization is done to design the link lengths for the best Geometric Advantage (GA), and the functionality evaluated using finite element analysis software, ANSYS.

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