JRM Vol.33 No.3 pp. 466-474
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2021.p0466


Seabird Biologging System with Compact Waterproof Airflow Sensor

Hidetoshi Takahashi*1, Masaru Naruoka*2, Yoshinobu Inada*3, and Katsufumi Sato*4

*1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kouhoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8522, Japan

*2Aeronautical Technology Directorate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
6-13-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0015, Japan

*3Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering, Tokai University
4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan

*4Department of Marine Bioscience, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8564, Japan

December 20, 2020
March 10, 2021
June 20, 2021
biologging, seabird, airflow sensor, wind tunnel experiment

This paper presents a seabird biologging system with a compact waterproof airflow sensor. Although biologging methods have attracted attention in the evaluation of seabird flight performance, a direct measurement method of airflow velocity has not yet been established. When an airflow sensor is added to a biologging system, a more accurate assessment of the flight performance can be obtained. We developed a compact Pitot tube-type airflow sensor that is specialized for seabird biologging systems. Here, we integrated micro electro mechanical system (MEMS) sensor chips and a sensing circuit into the Pitot tube housing. Then, we conducted a wind tunnel experiment using a stuffed seabird and the fabricated sensor. The results confirmed that the sensor responds to the wind speed even when attached to the dorsal surface of the seabird. Based on the above, we believe that the proposed sensor can be applied to practical seabird biologging systems.

A stuffed seabird with the waterproof airflow sensor

A stuffed seabird with the waterproof airflow sensor

Cite this article as:
H. Takahashi, M. Naruoka, Y. Inada, and K. Sato, “Seabird Biologging System with Compact Waterproof Airflow Sensor,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.33 No.3, pp. 466-474, 2021.
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