Rays (fish of the superorder Batoidea) use the large cartilaginous fins that extend from their bodies to propel themselves through the water in an efficient, yet highly agile manner. This is done using one of two locomotion modes, one employing oscillatory kinematics and the other undulatory kinematics. The body dynamics and propulsive efficiency can vary significantly between these two locomotion modes. In order to understand and characterize differences in dynamics and propulsive efficiency this senior design project will focus on programming an already developed ray inspired robot. The ray inspired robot has highly discretized pectoral fins mimicking the cartilaginous fins of their biological counterpart and allow for a variety of kinematics to be applied to them.
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 hands on design experience programming and testing an unconventional vehicle.
Student Skill-Set Needed: Mechatronics, programming, 3D printing, and/or CAD expertise
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