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Title: Two-axis angular effector

A new class of coplanar two-axis angular effectors. These effectors combine a two-axis rotational joint analogous to a Cardan joint with linear actuators in a manner to produce a wider range of rotational motion about both axes defined by the joint. This new class of effectors also allows design of robotic manipulators having very high strength and efficiency. These effectors are particularly suited for remote operation in unknown surroundings, because of their extraordinary versatility. An immediate application is to the problems which arise in nuclear waste remediation.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [1]
  1. (Albuquerque, NM)
  2. (Tijeras, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870795
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM) SNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5596254
Application Number:
08/289,979
Contract Number:
AC04-94DP85000
Research Org:
SANDIA CORP
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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