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31 March 2009 Design and control of 2-axis tilting actuator for endoscope using ionic polymer metal composites
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In field of endoscopy, in order to overcome limitation in conventional endoscopy, capsule endoscope has been developed and has been recently applied in medical field in hospital. However, since capsule endoscope moves passively through GI tract by peristalsis, it is not able to control direction of head including camera. It is possible to miss symptoms of disease. Therefore, in this thesis, 2-Axis Tilting Actuator for Endoscope, based on Ionic Polymer Metal Composites (IPMC), is presented. In order to apply to capsule endoscope, the actuator material should satisfy a size, low energy consumption and low working voltage. Since IPMC is emerging material that exhibits a large bending deflection at low voltage, consume low energy and it can be fabricated in any size or any shape, IPMC are selected as an actuator. The system tilts camera module of endoscope to reduce invisible area of the intestines and a goal of tilting angle is selected to be an angle of 5 degrees for each axis. In order to control tiling angle, LQR controller and the full order observer is designed.
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Sung-Joo Kim, Chul-Jin Kim, No-Cheol Park, Hyun-Seok Yang, and Young-Pil Park "Design and control of 2-axis tilting actuator for endoscope using ionic polymer metal composites", Proc. SPIE 7290, Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies 2009, 729005 (31 March 2009);

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