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Development of an Experimental Rig for Emulating Undulatory Locomotion

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Some creatures, such as eels, snakes and slender fish use body undulations to move the fluid around them and create propulsion; similarly, travelling waves in structures can be used as an alternative propulsion system. Based on this bio-inspired mechanism, the application of travelling waves is widespread in engineering, e.g. motors, pump systems and transport devices. However, generating high amplitude travelling waves is not as easy as generating standing waves, since travelling waves are generally observed away from resonance. Also, the reflection of the waves at the boundaries can interact destructively further reducing their amplitude. This paper investigates the characteristics of the experimental rig built for emulating the propulsion mechanism used in undulatory locomotion, introducing the conceptual design, and investigating the features that promote travelling waves. Finally, an analysis of the influence of individual components in the design is carried out.

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Syuhri, S.N.H., McCartney, A., Cammarano, A. (2021). Development of an Experimental Rig for Emulating Undulatory Locomotion. In: Kerschen, G., Brake, M.R., Renson, L. (eds) Nonlinear Structures & Systems, Volume 1. Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47626-7_37

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