Research Papers

Development of an Active Curved Beam Model—Part II: Kinetics and Internal Activation

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Hidenori Murakami

Department of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering,
University of California,
San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0411
e-mail: hmurakami@ucsd.edu

Contributed by the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS. Manuscript received December 16, 2016; final manuscript received March 18, 2017; published online April 18, 2017. Assoc. Editor: Yihui Zhang.

J. Appl. Mech 84(6), 061003 (Apr 18, 2017) (17 pages) Paper No: JAM-16-1606; doi: 10.1115/1.4036317 History: Received December 16, 2016; Revised March 18, 2017

Utilizing the kinematics, presented in the Part I, an active large deformation beam model for slender, flexible, or soft robots is developed from the d'Alembert's principle of virtual work, which is derived for three-dimensional elastic solids from Hamilton's principle. This derivation is accomplished by refining the definition of the Cauchy stress tensor as a vector-valued 2-form to exploit advanced geometrical operations available for differential forms. From the three-dimensional principle of virtual work, both the beam principle of virtual work and beam equations of motion with consistent boundary conditions are derived, adopting the kinematic assumption of rigid cross sections of a deforming beam. In the derivation of the beam model, Élie Cartan's moving frame method is utilized. The resulting large deformation beam equations apply to both passive and active beams. The beam equations are validated with the previously reported results expressed in vector form. To transform passive beams to active beams, constitutive relations for internal actuation are presented in rate form. Then, the resulting three-dimensional beam models are reduced to an active planar beam model. To illustrate the deformation due to internal actuation, an active Timoshenko beam model is derived by linearizing the nonlinear planar equations. For an active, simply supported Timoshenko beam, the analytical solution is presented. Finally, a linear locomotion of a soft inchworm-inspired robot is simulated by implementing active C1 beam elements in a nonlinear finite element (FE) code.

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Fig. 1

The vector-valued Cauchy stress 2-form and the first Piola–Kirchhoff stress 2-form

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Fig. 2

A curved beam at the reference configuration B(0) and the current configuration B(t)

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Fig. 3

A free body diagram of a beam element with the arc parameter increment of ΔS

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Fig. 4

An initially curved beam due to previous internal actuation

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Fig. 5

(a) A sequence of actuations anchoring the head node and (b) a sequence of linear locomotion of an inchworm-inspired robot





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