Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-42427
Germann, D; Schatz, W; Eggenberger Hotz, P (2010). Bivalve burrowing robots: correlating shell morphology and movement pattern with burrowing efficiency. In: Fifth International Conference on Comparing Design in Nature with Science and Engineering (Design and Nature), Pisa, Italy, 28 June 2010 - 30 June 2010, 389-402.
This work examines correlations between functional morphology and behaviour in the instance of the burrowing locomotion of bivalves. A comparatively simple and assessable behaviour and a rich fossil record documenting the evolutionary adaptations in morphology make these animals adequate for investigation. In this paper a robotic setup to simulate the burrowing behaviour of bivalves is presented. Models of both natural bivalve shell shapes and artificially designed shapes are pulled into sediment in the rocking modality these animals typically use. Different shapes, motion patterns and a water expulsion mechanism are evaluated and compared in terms of burrowing performance. The results presented here and further experiments using the (improved) platform may shed light on how bivalves burrow, how features of functional morphology evolved and how efficient automatic burrowing devices may be constructed. Keywords: biorobotics, biomimetics, underwater robots, functional morphology, burrowing locomotion, shell morphology, bivalves, artificial evolution.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics|
|DDC:||000 Computer science, knowledge & systems|
|Event End Date:||30 June 2010|
|Deposited On:||19 Jan 2011 08:32|
|Last Modified:||19 Oct 2012 11:01|
|Series Name:||WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment|
|Free access at:||Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.|
|Other Identification Number:||1414|
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