JRM Vol.23 No.6 pp. 1073-1079
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2011.p1073


Bio-Inspired Omnidirectional Multilink Propulsion Mechanism in Fluid

Shunichi Kobayashi*, Kyota Fujii**, Taiga Yamaura***,
and Hirohisa Morikawa*

*Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University, 3-15-1 Tokida, Ueda, Nagano 386-8567, Japan

**Mitsubishi Electric Engineering Co., Ltd., Japan

***Minebea Co., Ltd., Japan

October 9, 2010
July 4, 2011
December 20, 2011
biomimetics, propulsion mechanism, anguilliform swimming, omnidirectional propulsion

Since most organisms are fairly autonomic, functional and efficient, the study of machines modeled on the movements of organisms has become significant in the engineering field. From this point of view, we observed organisms that swim in water by bending motions and noticed that the direction in which polychaetes swim differs from that of nematodes. This is explained by fleshy protrusions, called parapodia, that increase the worm’s tangential drag component during its movement in water. In this study, we have developed a bio-inspired omnidirectional in fluid propulsion mechanism that changes the angle of these protrusions.

Cite this article as:
Shunichi Kobayashi, Kyota Fujii, Taiga Yamaura, and
and Hirohisa Morikawa, “Bio-Inspired Omnidirectional Multilink Propulsion Mechanism in Fluid,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.23, No.6, pp. 1073-1079, 2011.
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