Objectives:

  • To utilize the MSME (i.e. magnetic-field-induced plasticity) for gripping devices, such that they can automatically mold the shape of fragile objects.
  • To be able reprogram the gripping surface upon the magnetic field withdrawal. This shall be integrated into a modular soft gripping system to handle these objects carefully.

Expected Results:

  • Derivation of design rules and know-how for MSME gripping devices.
  • Development of MSME gripping devices as accessories for modular gripping systems.

Principal Supervisor: 

Dr. Francesco Clemente, Prensilia SRL (PRE), Italy

Host Institution: 

Prensilia SRL (PRE), Italy, the Ph.D. degree will be awarded by Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Italy.

Planned Secondments (total: 9 months):

  • Months 10-12 at UL for characterization of materials and at JSI for familiarization with material synthesis. Supervisor: Prof. Irena Drevenšek Olenik, University of Ljubljana (UL), Slovenia.
  • Months 18-20 at UMBC for design and FEM simulations of MSME gripping devices. Prof. Paris R. von Lockette, University of Maryland (UMBC), USA.
  • Months 28-30 at SDU for design optimization and experimental test. Supervisor: Prof. Poramate Manoonpong, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Denmark.