Robotic Systems and Autonomous Platforms. Woodhead Publishing in Materials

  • ID: 4482880
  • Book
  • 750 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Robotic Systems and Autonomous Platforms: Advances in Materials and Manufacturing showcases new materials and manufacturing methodologies for the enhancement of robotic and autonomous systems. Initial chapters explore how autonomous systems can enable new uses for materials, including innovations on different length scales, from nano, to macro and large systems. The means by which autonomous systems can enable new uses for manufacturing are also addressed, highlighting innovations in 3D additive manufacturing, printing of materials, novel synthesis of multifunctional materials, and robotic cooperation. Concluding themes deliver highly novel applications from the international academic, industrial and government sectors.

This book will provide readers with a complete review of the cutting-edge advances in materials and manufacturing methodologies that could enhance the capabilities of robotic and autonomous systems.

  • Presents comprehensive coverage of materials and manufacturing technologies, as well as sections on related technology, such as sensing, communications, autonomy/control and actuation
  • Explores potential applications demonstrated by a selection of case-studies
  • Contains contributions from leading experts in the field
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Part I. Introduction 1
Walsh/Baechle (U.S. Army Research Laboratory) 2
Strano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Part II. Material Enablers for Robotics Systems and Autonomous Platforms Chapters 3 through 7 The second section will address the new and exciting means by which materials can inform autonomous systems, and how autonomous systems can enable new uses for materials. This includes innovations on different length scales, from nano to macro to large systems

Part III. Manufacturing Enablers for Robotic Systems and Autonomous Platforms Chapters 8 through 12 The third section will address the new and exciting means by which manufacturing can inform autonomous systems, and autonomous systems can enable new uses for manufacturing. This includes innovations in 3D additive mfg., printing of materials, novel synthesis of multifunctional materials, "floating factories" (e.g., swarms of robots that cooperate to "build" structures) etc.

Part IV. Novel and Disruptive Robotic System and Autonomous Platform Applications Chapters 13 through 15 The fourth section will provide highly novel applications from the international academic, industrial, and government sectors
including identification of technology gaps, future trends, and potential for collaborative R&D. This could also include robots that can assess material health and structural integrity, etc. Applications can include capability enablers for and delivery to difficult or dangerous environments, as well as novel humanitarian relief and enablers for protection, well-being, and sustainment of humanity and the environment.

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Walsh, Shawn M.
Shawn M. Walsh is currently the Research Area Leader for Vehicle Materials and a Team Leader of the Agile Manufacturing Technology Team in the Army Research Laboratory's (ARL) Weapons & Materials Research Directorate. Dr. Walsh has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, open papers, conference proceedings, ARL Technical Reports, and a book chapter on lightweight ballistic protection. Dr Walsh's current research interests include soldier protection, thermoplastic material processing, next generation body armor, novel exoskeleton infrastructures, and integration of complex systems and materials to enable new levels of performance and protection. Dr Walsh led a $5.7M Army ManTech effort that, in collaboration with PEO Soldier efforts, fundamentally and disruptively changed the U.S. ballistic helmet manufacturing base from thermoset aramids (e.g., Kevlar) to significantly more ballistically efficient thermoplastic ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) materials. Dr Walsh has been recognized with several awards including the U.S. Department of Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award in 2002, 2009, and 2013 in the areas of intelligent materials processing, thermoplastic ballistic helmet technology, and lighter ballistic body armor systems.
Strano, Michael S.
Michael S. Strano is currently the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2003 to 2007, Michael was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before moving to MIT. His research focuses on biomolecule/nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low dimensional systems, nano-electronics, nanoparticle separations, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards for his work from 2005 to the present.
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