Event Title

Session 2E: Lightweight Reduction Unit

Session Number

Session 2E: 1st Presentation

Advisor(s)

Dr. Frank Harwath, North Central College

Location

Room D103

Start Date

26-4-2018 10:35 AM

End Date

26-4-2018 11:20 AM

Abstract

The number of uses for the harmonic gear are endless: from aerospace devices, to medical equipment, to robotics; the harmonic drive is essential to these devices. Its advantages include having high torque, zero backlash, high reduction ratios and precision, but the harmonic drive is often times expensive and heavy. To improve the design of the harmonic gear, the goal of our study is to create an actuator with the same function and advantages as a harmonic drive with it being more affordable and lightweight. The implementation of such a prototype will contribute to making more affordable and lightweight

actuators that could replace harmonic drives in the future. The proposed prototype will adopt the same function and structure of the harmonic drive (the wave generator, flexspline, and external spline). However, the prototype will be gearless in attempt to implement a unique flexspline. The process to ensure the completion and success of the prototype will follow a continuous cycle of research, design, and revision.

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Apr 26th, 10:35 AM Apr 26th, 11:20 AM

Session 2E: Lightweight Reduction Unit

Room D103

The number of uses for the harmonic gear are endless: from aerospace devices, to medical equipment, to robotics; the harmonic drive is essential to these devices. Its advantages include having high torque, zero backlash, high reduction ratios and precision, but the harmonic drive is often times expensive and heavy. To improve the design of the harmonic gear, the goal of our study is to create an actuator with the same function and advantages as a harmonic drive with it being more affordable and lightweight. The implementation of such a prototype will contribute to making more affordable and lightweight

actuators that could replace harmonic drives in the future. The proposed prototype will adopt the same function and structure of the harmonic drive (the wave generator, flexspline, and external spline). However, the prototype will be gearless in attempt to implement a unique flexspline. The process to ensure the completion and success of the prototype will follow a continuous cycle of research, design, and revision.