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Tactile display based on controllable fluid actuator

Lookup NU author(s): Robert Davidson, Professor Paul Taylor


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This work is the first step to develop a programmable tactile array based on ER/MR fluid technology. Prototypes of display incorporating controllable fluids such as electrrheological (ER) fluid or magnetorheological (MR) fluid have been developed and investigated. Surface force responses of these tactile displays under various electric/magnetic fields have been measured while a probe moving across the upper surface. As the applied external electric or magnetic field varied, the sensed surface profiles changed in synchronisation with the field strength. With the controllable fluid actuator, the displayed surface information is stable and repeatable.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Liu YJ, Wu XR, Leng JS, Davidson RI, Taylor PM

Editor(s): Yafang, H et al

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Materials Science Forum

Year of Conference: 2007

Pages: 1669-1672

ISSN: 0255-5476 (print) 1422-6375 (online)

Publisher: Trans Tech Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.4028/

Notes: Progress in Light Metals, Aerospace Materials and Superconductors

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ISBN: 0878494324