Kick and Catch - cooperative microactuators for freely moving platforms

The aim of this research project is to develop new types of microactuators that are not mounted on bearings but can move freely. In addition, they should be energy-efficient, offer long travels and operate fast. Different types of actuators must cooperate with each other to achieve these goals. To enable high speeds and large deflections, the mass should be subjected to a sudden impact (kick) and enter a free-flight phase. Finally, this mass is caught in a defined final position (catch).

Operating principle of the "Kick and Catch" microactuator

The Research Group for Modeling and Simulation of Mechatronic Systems (MSMS) under the guidance of Prof. Bechtold contributes its expertise in computer simulation and model order reduction. The computer simulations predict microactuator's complicated behavior and thus save development costs, since fewer expensive prototypes are required.



Universität Freiburg
Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik
Prof. Ulrike Wallrabe
Georges-Köhler-Allee 102
79110 Freiburg

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lehr­stuhl Mi­kro­sys­tem­tech­nik
Prof. Martin Hoffmann
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

Universität Augsburg
Lehrstuhl für Regelungstechnik
Prof. Christoph Ament
Eichleitner Straße 30
86159 Augsburg


M. Eng. Arwed Schütz

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