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An investigation of viscous-mediated coupling of crickets cercal hair sensors using a scaled up model
Author(s): Pasupathy S. Alagirisamy; George Jeronimidis; Valerie Le Moàl
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Paper Abstract

Viscous coupling between filiform hair sensors of insects and arthropods has gained considerable interest recently. Study of viscous coupling between hairs at micro scale with current technologies is proving difficult and hence the hair system has been physically scaled up by a factor of 100. For instance, a typical filiform hair of 10 μm diameter and 1000 μm length has been physically scaled up to 1 mm in diameter and 100mm in length. At the base, a rotational spring with a bonded strain gauge provides the restoring force and measures the angle of deflection of the model hair. These model hairs were used in a glycerol-filled aquarium where the velocity of flow and the fluid properties were determined by imposing the Reynolds numbers compatible with biological system. Experiments have been conducted by varying the separation distance and the relative position between the moveable model hairs, of different lengths and between the movable and rigid hairs of different lengths for the steady velocity flow with Reynolds numbers of 0.02 and 0.05. In this study, the viscous coupling between hairs has been characterised. The effect of the distance from the physical boundaries, such as tank walls has also been quantified (wall effect). The purpose of this investigation is to provide relevant information for the design of MEMS systems mimicking the cricket's hair array.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7401, Biomimetics and Bioinspiration, 74010A (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825975
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Pasupathy S. Alagirisamy, The Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
George Jeronimidis, The Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
Valerie Le Moàl, The Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7401:
Biomimetics and Bioinspiration
Raul J. Martin-Palma; Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Editor(s)

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