Electrostatic adhesion pad for wall climbing robot
Date of Issue2017
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Centre for Mechanics of Micro-Systems
Electrostatic adhesion was not widely use up to this point in time due to its weak shear and holding force. This project adapted current electrostatic adhesion panel design with few new addition to yield a robust and highly adaptive electrostatic adhesion panel through the use of elastomer as both base and encapsulating material. This design was based on hybrid adhesion without the fibril, instead, it made use of compliancy of elastomer material to accommodate surface topography. As adhesion panel with payload up to 100 times of its weight () was achieved. This surpassed the design by Shintake et al, of 82.2g with two panel . With adaptation of dielectric elastomer material as encapsulating material. It not only improved the shear strength, but it made a breakthrough in both cost and ease of manufacture.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University