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Performance of Machines with Flexible Bodies Designed for Biomimetic Locomotion in Liquid Environments

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Performance of Machines with Flexible Bodies Designed for Biomimetic Locomotion in Liquid Environments
— The self-propelled swimming performance of two prototypes designed to mimic the kinematics of real fish swimming at high Reynolds numbers is presented. The design methodology uses structural compliance instead of discrete assemblies to achieve desired kinematics. Experiments took place at Reynolds numbers between 15 × 103 and 90 × 103. A prototype with a thick peduncle, low aspect ratio caudal fin, and uniform material distribution throughout its flexible tail, reached a maximum forward velocity of 0.11ms−1 that coincided with a maximum thrust of 0.2N. A second prototype with a thin peduncle, high aspect ratio caudal fin, and nonuniform material distribution throughout its tail, reached a maximum forward velocity of 0.31ms−1 that coincided with a maximum thrust close to 0.11N. Peak velocities and thrusts occured at driving frequencies between 2.7Hz and 3.5Hz for the type of kinematics used, and corresponded to Strouhal
Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, Kamal Youcef-Toumi
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Type Conference
Year 2005
Where ICRA
Authors Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, Kamal Youcef-Toumi
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