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Development of a Self Sufficient Modular Mechatronic Device and Its Proof of Concept with a Workpiece Positioning Study (MechaCell)
Start date: Nov 1, 2010, End date: Oct 31, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Applications of microsystems have been increasing over the recent years in many fields. Microsystems are usually designed and manufactured in highly specialized establishments. The potential application of modular design and development techniques at the micro scale has many benefits. As a result of this effort, a mighty and dependable micro module can be mass produced at a very affordable price and can be used in many applications. Using common micro mechatronic modules (i.e. MechaCells) will increase the number of skilled developers, which will eventually result in increased quality in end products. Groups of these MechaCells (i.e a MechaCell Pack) can perform tasks under different conditions sharing mechanical, electrical and computing resources.The proposed project is a more focused and strengthened version of an earlier submission based on valuable feedback from the technical experts. The project proposed here in its latest form aims to take the first step towards realization of micro-mechatronic cells with measurable goals and performance requirements. Specifically, the primary objectives are to develop design requirements for a workpiece positioning application, develop mathematical and empirical simulation models and control algorithms for the MechaCell Prototype and a pack of MechaCells collaborating, and develop a macro scale workpiece positioning testbed. The proposed research differs from the previous work in that it will focus on building self sufficient mechatronic modules (with on-board energy generation and storage and on-board distributed intelligence) rather than solely for actuation purposes. The proposed project will help the applicant establish the specific research background and testbed facilities required to take the design and development of the proposed MechaCell to the next level during his successful reintegration period to European Region.
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