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Design of mini swimming robot using piezoelectric actuator

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2004
Tunçdemir, Şafakcan
This thesis deals with the design, fabrication and analysis of a novel actuator for a fish-like swimming mini robot. The developed actuator is tested on a mini boat. The actuator relies on a novel piezoelectric ultrasonic motor, developed according to the design requirements of actuator for fish-like swimming mini robots. Developed motor is within the dimensions of 25x6x6 mm in a simple mechanical structure with simple driving circuitry compared to its predecessor. Bidirectional rotation of the motor is transformed to a flapping tail motion for underwater locomotion in a simple mechatronic structure. The simplicity in the motor and actuator enables further development on the miniaturization, improvement on the performances as well as easy and low cost manufacturing. The developed actuator is a candidate to be used in mini swimming robot with fish- like locomotion.