Fish Fins and Rays as Inspiration for Materials Engineering and Robotics

  • Hermann Ehrlich
Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 4)


Marine fish show unique properties: they can move in both water and air. These properties are determined by numerous factors like body and skin shape, fins and tails, rays and ray-like structures, and muscles. The diversity, structure and function of fish fins and rays, including an analysis of the specific biological materials they are made of, are discussed in this chapter. Special attention is payed to biomimetics and bioinspiration for fish robotics and devices. This chapter also aims to explore the possibilities for fields such as fish fin regeneration and tissue engineering.


Swimming Speed White Shark Giant Shark Robotic Fish Dorsal Lobe 
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  • Hermann Ehrlich
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  1. 1.Institute of Experimental PhysicsTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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