Project Title: Air muscle motor control project
Project Description: The German company Festo has recently developed a range of pneumatic muscles.
Unlike conventional cylinders and pistons, they contract when filled with compressed air, generating much higher forces than the conventional components.
A motor test rig has been built using five of these muscles instead of pistons and cylinders. The air supply is controlled by a circuit and electrically operated valves.
The project is to complete or to redesign the circuit and program to make the motor work, and then to, modify the characteristics to understand and to optimize the performance.
Product Details: The project will lead to a working control system for the motor. Provision will be made for adjustment to the timing of the inlet and exhaust functions. Measurements will be made to assess the performance and to establish optimised performance.