Root-Soil Interaction Models for Designing Adaptive Exploring Robotic Systems

  • Liyana Popova
  • Alice Tonazzini
  • Barbara Mazzolai
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7375)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

root apex mechanical model tip shape root penetration strategy 

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Liyana Popova
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alice Tonazzini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Barbara Mazzolai
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Micro-Biorobotics@SSSA, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)PontederaItaly
  2. 2.The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPontederaItaly

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