In-channel experiments on vertical swimming with bacteria-like robots
Tabak, Ahmet Fatih and Yeşilyurt, Serhat (2013) In-channel experiments on vertical swimming with bacteria-like robots. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Tokyo, Japan (Accepted/In Press)
Bio-inspired micro-robots are of great importance as to implement versatile microsystems for a variety of in vivo and in vitro applications in medicine and biology. Accurate models are necessary to understand the swimming and rigidbody dynamics of such systems. In this study, a series of experiments are conducted with a two-link cm-scale bioinspired robot moving vertically without a tether, in siliconefilled narrow cylindrical glass channels. Swimming velocities are obtained for a set of varying tail and wave geometries, and employed to validate a resistive force theory (RFT) model using modified resistance coefficients based on measured forward velocity and body rotation rates.
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