CARPE is an ERC (European Research Council) PoC (Proof of Concept), awarded to Prof Alfred Cuschieri as PI and Dr Luigi Manfredi, as CoPI.

The project is based on the ‘active tether robot’ (ATR) idea for the provision of snake like locomotion; i.e., instead of the locomotive power for the active colonoscope being supplied to the platform via  power cables. The design is turned on its head, and replaced by a motile segmented ‘active tether’, which  itself functions as an endoscope, capable of  operating  in both gas and aqueous environments. The platform is based on a Mini Compliant Joint (MCJ), with two degree of freedom (DoFs) using Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wires as actuators providing a compliant mechanism in  a synergistic combination, which increases the energy efficiency and mechanical bandwidth performance; and at the same time, reduces heat production and stress on the SMA wires. The MJCs actuates by current-induced contraction of SMA wires, two hollow articulating rings with 2 DoFs. As the rings have intersecting axes, the two torsional springs provide roll and pitch. Such a chain of active MCJs provides sinusoidal motor-less locomotion.

In essence, CARPE is a generic modular system (capable of translation into any type of flexible endoscope in current clinical use) consisting of independent segments , mechanics and electronics. The big advance of CARPE, when used to construct a colonoscope over the current version, is that following insertion  of the CARPE colonoscope would travel up the colon by its intrinsic snake-like locomotion.

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New member of the team for an Erasmus program

November 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Florien Velsink has joined the team for an Erasmus program.

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New member of the Team

August 1st, 2015|0 Comments

Hamza Kham has joined the CARPE team.  

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CARPE Project Kick Off

July 1st, 2015|0 Comments

CARPE project starts on the 1st July, 2015. CARPE is a European Research Council Proof [...]