DEVELOPMENT OF MODULAR ACTUATOR SYSTEMS
Aiming to decrease the development risk for the individual applications, the idea of a modular system for actuators with shape memory elements has arisen. The development of the modular actuator system, beginning with the analysis of application characteristics up to the embodiment design of the actuator modules, is described to report about the experiences gained and to discuss the approach used. In developing the modular system, the MFD-method, systematics and different combination matrices and schemes as well as CAD-modelling have been utilized. Problems with the methods applied and topics for further research are mentioned. Thereby, there is a particular focus on the modularization and the interface design of modular systems.