Development of Sensorized Arm Skin for an Octopus Inspired Robot – Part III: Biomimetic Suckers

  • Jinping Hou
  • Richard H. C. Bonser
  • George Jeronimidis
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-31525-1_41

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7375)
Cite this paper as:
Hou J., Bonser R.H.C., Jeronimidis G. (2012) Development of Sensorized Arm Skin for an Octopus Inspired Robot – Part III: Biomimetic Suckers. In: Prescott T.J., Lepora N.F., Mura A., Verschure P.F.M.J. (eds) Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems. Living Machines 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7375. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Biomechanical properties of squid suckers have been studied. The stiffness of the sucker rings was measured. Sucking force at sea level and maximum possible sucking force were obtained by using specially-designed tensile tests. Two biomimetic passive suckers were developed based on the studies of the squid sucker. The first one was a direct copy of the squid sucker while the second one is a much more simplified version, a non-stalked sucker like the octopus suckers. The second design works very effectively and has been implemented in the prototype skin of the octopus arm.

Keywords

Octopus skin biomimetic skin artifact 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinping Hou
    • 1
  • Richard H. C. Bonser
    • 2
  • George Jeronimidis
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for BiomimeticUniversity of ReadingUK
  2. 2.School of Engineering and DesignBrunel UniversityUK

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