Tuning Gastropod Locomotion: Modeling The Influence Of Mucus Rheology on the Cost of Crawling
Author(s)Lauga, Eric; Hosoi, A.E.
Common gastropods such as snails crawl on a solid substrate by propagating muscular waves of shear stress on a viscoelastic mucus. Producing the mucus accounts for the largest component in the gastropod’s energy budget, more than twenty times the amount of mechanical work used in crawling. Using a simple mechanical model, we show that the shear-thinnning properties of the mucus favor a decrease in the amount of mucus necessary for crawling, thereby decreasing the overall energetic cost of locomotion.
Submitted to Phys. Fluids.
Gastropod locomotion, Optimization, Rheology, Snails
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