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IJMO 2021 Vol.11(2): 58-62 ISSN: 2010-3697
DOI: 10.7763/IJMO.2021.V11.778

Force Control for Anthropomorphic Fingers Actuated by Shape Memory Alloy Wires

Mircea Hulea

Abstract—High accuracy in modelling the behavior of human hand and fingers is obtained using control devices of high biological plausibility. Such devices are typically based on neural networks and are able to control in parallel multiple artificial muscles. This paper presents the structure of an electronic spiking neural network that was implemented to control the force of two opposing fingers of an anthropomorphic hand. In order to increase the level of bio-inspiration, the artificial muscles are implemented using shape memory alloy wires which actuates by contraction as the natural muscles. Moreover, the contraction force of the SMA actuators is directly related to the spiking frequency that is generated by the artificial neurons. The results show that using few excitatory and inhibitory neurons the neural network is able to set and regulate the contraction force of the SMA actuators.

Index Terms—Force control, shape memory alloy, spiking neural networks, antropomorfic hand.

M. Hulea is with Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering, at Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania (e-mail: mhulea@tuiasi.ro).


Cite: Mircea Hulea, "Force Control for Anthropomorphic Fingers Actuated by Shape Memory Alloy Wires," International Journal of Modeling and Optimization vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 58-62, 2021.

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