Bio-inspired swimming helix
Author(s)Johnson, Benjamin C. F. (Benjamin Cedar Fruehauf)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Alexandra H. Techet.
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This thesis investigated a bio-inspired swimming chain (BISH), inspired by Weelia cylindrica. After developing a model, it was used to investigate conditions under which helical motion would emerge. The properties of this chain as the number of nodes changes was also investigated, to see if the helical motion or other properties of its motion were emergent behaviors. Other modes of motion were also observed. Optimization of the angle of propulsion of each was performed, and other optimizations attempted, although practical difficulties prevented useful results. A ten node chain was constructed to empirically verify the helical mode of motion.
Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2012.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 59-60).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.