[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Special Issue "High-Resolution Actuators"

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Actuators — Open Access Journal

Special Issue on "*High-Resolution Actuators*"
Website: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/actuators/special_issues/HRA
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Driven by increasing societal, economic, and technological pressures,
high-resolution actuators must achieve ever increasing accuracy requirements
and functional integration into the system. High-resolution actuators have
been used for many decades for the development of actuators in different
applications, such as microrobotics for micromanipulation and microassembly,
scanning probe microscopy, medical, military, aerospace, robots, and, more
generally, in mechatronic systems dedicated to tasks that require
high-resolution features. These actuators are based on smart materials and
also more conventional mechatronic actuators that can achieve interesting
performances with a high-resolution, either in position or in force.

    The advantages of smart materials-based actuators (piezoelectric,
magnetic, magnetostrictive, electroactive polymers, magnetoactive polymers,
shape memory alloys, magnetic shape memory alloys, thermally active
materials, …) are numerous including the high resolution of positioning and
the ease of integration in miniaturized systems. Some of them can provide
very high bandwidth, whilst others a very high stiffness, or high range of
deformation and thus of positioning.
    Optimal designs of mechatronic actuators together with appropriate
control strategies have often lead to very interesting solutions in terms of
force or position characteristics. Nonlinear phenomena at the basis of the
design rationale (friction, backlash, hysteresis, …) can be efficiently
treated to provide the actuation with high-resolution performances in terms
of position or force.

The objective of this Special Issue is to investigate new techniques,
technologies, results, principles and surveys for actuators that are
characterized by high-resolution performances. The issue will provide an
opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present their most recent
accomplishments, challenges, advances in this area, and we also encourage
future research directions in the field. Contributions from industry are
encouraged, and both theoretical and experimental works are welcome.
Potential topics include, but are not limited, to:

–Position- and/or force-controlled actuators with high resolution

–Nonlinear modeling of high resolution actuators (friction, hysteresis,
creep, …)

–Novel multiphysic transduction for actuators

–Improved smart materials for high performances actuators

–Optimal or robust design of actuators

–Actuators with self-sensing measurement

–Smart materials-based actuators with collocated sensors

–Piezoelectric, magnetic or magnetostrictive actuators

–Electroactive and magnetoactive polymers-based actuators

–Shape memory alloys and magnetic shape memory alloys-based actuators

–Thermal actuators

–Electrostatic actuators

–Hybrid actuators


    Novel actuators for mechatronic systems
    Design, modeling and control of actuators
    Smart materials-based actuators

Dr. Mathieu GROSSARD
/Guest Editors/

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and
logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the
submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers
will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed
together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as
well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short
abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for
announcement on this website.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.


Actuators Editorial Office
Klybeckstrasse 64, 4057 Basel, Switzerland
E-Mail: actuators at mdpi.com
Tel. +41 61 683 77 34; Fax: +41 61 302 89 18

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