In nature, fish are known for their advanced swimming capabilities and have been shown to demonstrate excellent agility, maneuverability, and efficiency. While there are a number of robotic systems that have been developed to accurately mimic the locomotion and form of fish, there are few tested systems that are designed for exploration/utility. In order to apply the biomechanics of fish swimming to an exploratory robotic system, this project aims to develop
and test a new fish-inspired robot that minimizes undesirable inertial recoil found in traditional fish swimming, while being capable of achieving high speeds and efficiency.
Individuals will work closely with a CRASH Lab post-doc that has experience in both the biomechanics and hydrodynamics of fish swimming, and has developed several bio-inspired robotic systems in the past. The post-doc will be providing direction and support to the undergraduate students to ensure the project’s success. This is an opportunity for students to gain invaluable hands on design experience developing a unique and innovative system.
Student Skill-Set Needed: Mechatronics, programming, 3D printing, and/or CAD experience
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring
For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:
Faculty Member: Javid Bayandor
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Mechanical And Aerospace Engineering