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Behavior of an adaptive bio-inspired spider web
Author(s): Lingyue Zheng; Majid Behrooz; Andrew Huie; Alex Hartman; Faramarz Gordaninejad
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Paper Abstract

The goal of this study is to demonstrate the feasibility of an artificial adaptive spider web with comparable behavior to a real spider web. First, the natural frequency and energy absorption ability of a passive web is studied. Next, a control system that consists of stepper motors, load cells and an Arduino, is constructed to mimic a spider’s ability to control the tension of radial strings in the web. The energy related characteristics in the artificial spider web is examined while the pre-tension of the radial strings are varied. Various mechanical properties of a damaged spider web are adjusted to study their effect on the behavior of the web. It is demonstrated that the pre-tension and stiffness of the web’s radial strings can significantly affect the natural frequency and the total energy of the full and damaged webs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9429, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015, 942919 (26 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2086341
Show Author Affiliations
Lingyue Zheng, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Majid Behrooz, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Andrew Huie, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Alex Hartman, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)
Faramarz Gordaninejad, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9429:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015
Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Mato Knez; Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Editor(s)

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