Author(s)Reis, Pedro Miguel; Hure, Jeremy; Jung, Sungwan; Bush, John W. M.; Clanet, Christophe
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We introduce a novel technique for grabbing water with a flexible solid. This new passive pipetting mechanism was inspired by floating flowers and relies purely on the coupling of the elasticity of thin plates and the hydrodynamic forces at the liquid interface. Developing a theoretical model has enabled us to design petal-shaped objects with maximum grabbing capacity.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mathematics; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Reis, Pedro M. et al. “Grabbing Water.” Soft Matter 6.22 (2010): 5705.
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