Soft Robotics for Bio-mimicry of Esophageal Swallowing
The field of soft robotics is continuing to expand into exploring the possibilities for novel, non-skeletal, transport and locomotion systems inspired by biological phenomena. Application of these techniques toward development of an anthropomorphic esophageal swallowing robot requires overcoming of many soft robotic design and characterization challenges. Additionally, soft-robots require vastly different methods of specification and validation than traditional robots, as they typically exhibit less well-defined degrees of freedom. This chapter reveals a series of novel methods to: establish interdisciplinary specifications for the esophageal swallowing process, develop a soft robotic analogue in the engineering domain, and demonstrate its capability.
KeywordsRobotic Device Pneumatic Actuation Peristaltic Transport Pneumatic Pressure Conduit Wall
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