Characterization of Artificial Muscles Using Image Processing

  • Rafael Berenguer Vidal
  • Rafael Verdú Monedero
  • Juan Morales Sánchez
  • Jorge Larrey Ruiz
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4528)


Artificial muscles are bio-inspired devices formed by several layers of conducting polymers. These devices have the ability of transform electrical energy into mechanical energy through an electrochemical reaction, which is produced by an oxidation or reduction of the polymer due to an electric current. Since the device have a strip shape, this reaction results in a macroscopic swelling and shrinking movement. This movement is similar to the biological muscles and it has several applications as motor prostheses and as part of complex biomaterials. In this paper we describe a computer vision system developed to analyze and characterize these devices through their cycle of life. The method includes cameras for tracking the movement of the muscle from different angles and a set of algorithms to characterize the motion of the device through its use. By means of active contours it is determined the instantaneous position of the muscle in the space. From these contours other parameters like the parametric motion and energy of curvature are calculated. These data are compared with the physical parameters of the device, like the tension and energy consumption, providing a way for performing automatic testing on the research of artificial muscles.


Conducting Polymer Active Contour Deformable Model Artificial Muscle Computer Vision System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Berenguer Vidal
    • 1
  • Rafael Verdú Monedero
    • 2
  • Juan Morales Sánchez
    • 2
  • Jorge Larrey Ruiz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Technical Sciences, Catholic University of Murcia, 30107, MurciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Information Technologies and Communications, Technical University of Cartagena, 30202, CartagenaSpain

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