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Published on Sep 27, 2013
This video presents the development of a biomimetic propulsion mechanism, inspired by the flexible undulating fins encountered in certain electric eel species (knifefishes, in particular). The prototype is comprised of eight actively-controlled fin rays (driven by R/C servos), which are interconnected by a flexible silicone membrane. Propulsion is obtained by the propagation of a traveling wave along the fin, obtained through appropriately coordinated motions of the rays.
2013 Final year project by Arapis Manolis CAD design by Alexandros Papadopoulos
Project supervisor: Dr. M. Sfakiotakis
Control Systems Laboratory Electrical Engineering Dept. Technological Educational Institute of Crete (Heraklion, Greece).