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    Finite Element Simulation Analysis of a Novel 3D-FRSPA for Crawling Locomotion

    Bingzhu Wang1,*, Xiangrui Ye2,*

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.139, No.2, pp. 1401-1425, 2024, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2024.047364

    Abstract A novel three-dimensional-fiber reinforced soft pneumatic actuator (3D-FRSPA) inspired by crab claw and human hand structure that can bend and deform independently in each segment is proposed. It has an omni-directional bending configuration, and the fibers twined symmetrically on both sides to improve the bending performance of FRSPA. In this paper, the static and kinematic analysis of 3D-FRSPA are carried out in detail. The effects of fiber, pneumatic chamber and segment length, and circular air chamber radius of 3D-FRSPA on the mechanical performance of the actuator are discussed, respectively. The soft mobile robot composed of 3D-FRSPA has the ability to… More >

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    Crashworthiness Design and Multi-Objective Optimization for Bio-Inspired Hierarchical Thin-Walled Structures

    Shaoqiang Xu1, Weiwei Li1,*, Lin Li2, Tao Li1, Chicheng Ma1

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.131, No.2, pp. 929-947, 2022, DOI:10.32604/cmes.2022.018964

    Abstract Thin-walled structures have been used in many fields due to their superior mechanical properties. In this paper, two types of hierarchical multi-cell tubes, inspired by the self-similarity of Pinus sylvestris, are proposed to enhance structural energy absorption performance. The finite element models of the hierarchical structures are established to validate the crashworthiness performance under axial dynamic load. The theoretical model of the mean crushing force is also derived based on the simplified super folded element theory. The finite element results demonstrate that the energy absorption characteristics and deformation mode of the bionic hierarchical thin-walled tubes are further improved with the… More >

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