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Bio-inspired Robot Design Considering Load-Bearing and Kinematic Ontogeny of Chelonioidea Sea Turtles

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This work explores the physical implications of variation in fin shape and orientation that correspond to ontogenetic changes observed in sea turtles. Through the development of a bio-inspired robotic platform – CTurtle – we show that (1) these ontogenetic changes apparently occupy stable extrema for either load-bearing or high-velocity movement, and (2) mimicry of these variations in a robotic system confer greater load-bearing capacity and energy efficiency, at the expense of velocity (or vice-versa). A possible means of adapting to load conditions is also proposed. We endeavor to provide these results as part of a theoretical framework integrating biological inquiry and inspiration within an iterative design cycle based on laminate robotics.

Keywords

  • Bio-inspired robots
  • Turtles
  • Locomotion
  • Mobile robots
  • Kinematics
  • Rapid-prototyping
  • Laminates
  • Granular media
  • Fabrication
  • Design

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Jansen, A., Luck, K.S., Campbell, J., Amor, H.B., Aukes, D.M. (2017). Bio-inspired Robot Design Considering Load-Bearing and Kinematic Ontogeny of Chelonioidea Sea Turtles. In: Mangan, M., Cutkosky, M., Mura, A., Verschure, P., Prescott, T., Lepora, N. (eds) Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems. Living Machines 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 10384. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63537-8_19

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