Biologically Inspired Mechanics of Wavy Surface Adhesion

  • Pradeep R. Guduru
Conference paper


Inspired by the attachment ability of insects with smooth pads to vertical walls and ceilings, the mechanics of detachment of a rigid solid from an elastic wavy surface has been analyzed for the axisymmetric case of a sphere and the plane strain case of a cylinder [1]. Due to the qualitative similarities, the discussion was limited to the axisymmetric case only. The load-displacement curve for a sphere indenting a wavy flat surface is shown in Fig. 1, in which the load P is normalized with the JKR pull-off force P jxr and the approach displacement h is normalized with the waviness amplitude λ.


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    Guduru, P.R. J. Meek Phys. Solids, to appear, 2007.Google Scholar
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    Guduru, P.R. and C. Bull. Meek Phys. Solids, to appear, 2007.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pradeep R. Guduru
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of EngineeringBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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