Mechatronics and bioinspiration in actuator design and control

Jose L Pons, A. Forner-Cordero*, E. Rocon, J. C. Moreno

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Actuators are components of motion control systems in which mechatronics plays a crucial role. They can be regarded as a paradigmatic case in which this mechatronic approach is required. Furthermore, actuator technologies can get new sources of inspiration from nature (bioinspiration). Biological systems are the result of an evolutionary process and show excellent levels of performance. In this paper, we analyse the actuator as a bioinspired mechatronic system through analogies between mechatronics and biological actuating mechanisms that include hierarchical control of actuators, switched control of power flow and some transduction principles. Firstly, some biological models are introduced as a source of inspiration for setting up both actuation principles and control technologies. Secondly, a particular actuator technology, the travelling wave ultrasonic motor, is taken to illustrate this approach. Eventually, the last section draws some conclusions and points out future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Bionics and Biomechanics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Actuators
  • Bioinspiration
  • Biomechatronics
  • Mechatronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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