Root-Soil Interaction Models for Designing Adaptive Exploring Robotic Systems
Plants represent an amazing source of inspiration for designing and developing adaptive robotic systems, representing plants the best example among living beings of efficient soil exploration. Influence of geometrical and mechanical properties of the living plant roots in the root-soil interaction was investigated in order to fully exploit these biological features in the robotic artefact. The study was performed by means of Finite Element method.
Keywordsroot apex mechanical model tip shape root penetration strategy
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