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Author Kim, Kwang Il ♦ Kim, Young Tae ♦ Kim, Dae Eun
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Korean Society for Precision Engineering
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2010
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Engineering & allied operations
Subject Keyword Adhesion mechanism ♦ Snail ♦ Surface energy ♦ Surface roughness ♦ Pull-off force ♦ Suction force ♦ Capillary adhesion ♦ Materials Science ♦ Industrial and Production Engineering
Abstract Recently, there have been many studies on the adhesion mechanisms of various mollusca such as snails, clams and octopi. Understanding their magnitude and working force is advantageous for application in specially designed robotic systems. The adhesion mechanism in these animals is effectively generated by a complex biological system that is able to operate under various surface conditions. In this work, fundamental research was conducted to understand the adhesion mechanism of living snails. Pull-off and lateral forces were measured while the snail was adhered to various surfaces in order to investigate the effects of surface conditions such as surface energy, surface roughness and surface type on the adhesion or suction of the snail. In order to understand the relationship between suction and adhesion of the snail, pull-off and suction forces were simultaneously measured using a custom-built apparatus. The average adhesion and suction force was estimated to be 0.2 kgf and 0.44 kgf, respectively. It was found that the snail effectively used both capillary adhesion and suction mechanisms to attach to and move on the surface.
ISSN 12298557
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-08-05
Publisher Place Springer
e-ISSN 20054602
Journal International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing
Volume Number 11
Issue Number 4
Page Count 6
Starting Page 623
Ending Page 628


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