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A biomimetic, swimming soft robot inspired by the Octopus vulgaris

A biomimetic, swimming soft robot inspired by the Octopus vulgaris
A biomimetic, swimming soft robot inspired by the Octopus vulgaris
This paper describes a first prototype of a cephalopod-like biomimetic aquatic robot. The robot replicates the ability of cephalopods to travel in the aquatic environment by means of pulsed jet propulsion. A number of authors have already experimented with pulsed jet thrusting devices in the form of traditional piston-cylinder chambers and oscillating diaphragms. However, in this work the focus is placed in designing a faithful biomimesis of the structural and functional components of the Octopus vulgaris, hence the robot is shaped as an exact copy of an octopus and is composed, to a major extent, of soft materials. In addition, the propelling mechanism is driven by a compression/expansion cycle analogous to that found in cephalopods. This work offers a hands-on experience of the swimming biomechanics of chephalopods and an insight into a yet unexplored new mode of aquatic propulsion.
0302-9743
7375
349-351
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Giorgio-Serchi, Francesco
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Arienti, Andrea
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Laschi, Cecilia
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Prescott, Tony J.
Lepora, Nathan F.
Mura, Anna
Verschure, Paul F.M.J.
Giorgio-Serchi, Francesco
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Arienti, Andrea
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Laschi, Cecilia
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Prescott, Tony J.
Lepora, Nathan F.
Mura, Anna
Verschure, Paul F.M.J.

Giorgio-Serchi, Francesco, Arienti, Andrea and Laschi, Cecilia (2012) A biomimetic, swimming soft robot inspired by the Octopus vulgaris. In, Prescott, Tony J., Lepora, Nathan F., Mura, Anna and Verschure, Paul F.M.J. (eds.) Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7375) Berlin, DE. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 349-351. (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-31525-1_37).

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This paper describes a first prototype of a cephalopod-like biomimetic aquatic robot. The robot replicates the ability of cephalopods to travel in the aquatic environment by means of pulsed jet propulsion. A number of authors have already experimented with pulsed jet thrusting devices in the form of traditional piston-cylinder chambers and oscillating diaphragms. However, in this work the focus is placed in designing a faithful biomimesis of the structural and functional components of the Octopus vulgaris, hence the robot is shaped as an exact copy of an octopus and is composed, to a major extent, of soft materials. In addition, the propelling mechanism is driven by a compression/expansion cycle analogous to that found in cephalopods. This work offers a hands-on experience of the swimming biomechanics of chephalopods and an insight into a yet unexplored new mode of aquatic propulsion.

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Published date: 2012
Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group

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Local EPrints ID: 400135
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/400135
ISSN: 0302-9743
PURE UUID: f99fe0fa-0af7-42ca-8ed3-f7d9026c16c8
ORCID for Francesco Giorgio-Serchi: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5090-9007

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Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 03:36

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Author: Francesco Giorgio-Serchi ORCID iD
Author: Andrea Arienti
Author: Cecilia Laschi
Editor: Tony J. Prescott
Editor: Nathan F. Lepora
Editor: Anna Mura
Editor: Paul F.M.J. Verschure

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