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dc.contributor.advisorAnette E. Hosoi and Amos G. Winter, V.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDorsch, Daniel Scotten_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-26T18:09:04Z
dc.date.available2012-10-26T18:09:04Z
dc.date.copyright2012en_US
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/74439
dc.descriptionThesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2012.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (p. 43).en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis reviews the design of a fluidized bed test setup for testing digging kinematics of RoboClam, a burrowing device based on Atlantic Razor Clams. This test bed allows for in-lab testing in an environment covered by water, eliminating the need to test in the mud flats where razor clams live. Between each RoboClam test, water is pumped through a distributor plate, which suspends and fluidizes the glass bead media, leading to redistribution of the substrate and unpacking. The new fluidized bed system has two key improvements over the current system. It improves the redistribution that is needed between each test to reset the substrate. Before each test it also unpacks the beads, which prevents packing over time created by the current vibration redistribution system that causes changes to the soil mechanics. This system will enable continued testing of the current RoboClam device and facilitate the development of the next generation burrowing device.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Daniel Scott Dorsch.en_US
dc.format.extent43 p.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectMechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.titleThe design of a fluidized bed for testing of a robotic burrowing device which mimics razor clamsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.B.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc813143781en_US


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