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This paper presents the design and evaluation of a new sensorized underactuated self-adaptive finger. The design incorporates a two-degrees-of-freedom link-driven underactuated mechanism with an embedded load cell for contact force measurement and a trimmer potentiometer for acquiring joint variables. The utilization of proprioceptive (internal) sensors results in tactile-like sensations in the finger without compromising the size and complexity of the proposed design. To obtain an optimum finger design, the placement of the load cell is analyzed using finite element method. The design of the finger features a particular rounded shape of the distal phalanx and specific size ratio between the phalanxes to enable both precision and power grasps. A quantitative evaluation of the grasp efficiency by constructing a grasp wrench space is provided. The effectiveness of the proposed design is verified through experimental results that demonstrate the grasp external wrench tolerance, shape adaptability, and tactile capability. All CAD files and ROS package for the proposed underactuated design can be found on https://github.com/mahyaret.
Citation of this paper:
M. Abdeetedal and M. R. Kermani, "Grasp and Stress Analysis of an Underactuated Finger for Proprioceptive Tactile Sensing," in IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 1619-1629, Aug. 2018, doi: 10.1109/TMECH.2018.2844327