Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics

, Volume 10, Issue 1–4, pp 55–67 | Cite as

“A versatile perching mechanism employing shape memory wires and Bio-inspired adhesives”

  • Amirpasha Peyvandi
  • Parviz Soroushian
  • Jue Lu
Research Paper


Shape memory wires were integratedwith bio-inspired adhesives to produce abird-like perching actionwhichenables versatile landing and eventually locomotion of micro air vehicles on different surfaces. Theshapememory wires undergomotions which render the bird-like perching effect. Integration of bio-inspired adhesives with this perching mechanism enables reliable and versatile adherence to diverse surfaces irrespective of their type, roughness and curvature. The new perching system comprises four toes made of shape memory alloys (SMAs). They assume bent and straight configurations to produce perching and release effects, respectively. The perching action in animals is effective against rough or curved surfaces. In order to enable the perching system function against relatively smooth and flat surfaces (which are commonly found in indoor environments), it was provided with bio-inspired adhesives.


Perching Bio-inspired Adhesive Biomimetics Shape Memory Landing 



The authors acknowledge support of the U.S. Air Force (Contract FA8651-07-C-0,092) for the project reported herein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bridge Department, HNTB CorporationBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringMichigan State UniversityLansingUSA
  3. 3.Senior Scientist, Technova CorporationOkemosUSA

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