This project aims to develop and test a new fish-inspired robot that minimizes undesirable inertial recoil found in traditional fish swimming, while being capable of achieving high speeds and efficiency.
In nature, fish are known for their advanced swimming capabilities and have been shown to demonstrate excellent agility, maneuverability, and efficiency. While there are a number of robotic systems that have been developed to accurately mimic the locomotion and form of fish, there are few tested systems that are designed for exploration/utility. In order to apply the biomechanics of fish swimming to an exploratory robotic system, this project aims to develop and test a new fish-inspired robot that minimizes undesirable inertial recoil found in traditional fish swimming, while being capable of achieving high speeds and efficiency.
Individuals will work closely with a CRASH Lab post-doc that has experience in both the biomechanics and hydrodynamics of fish swimming, and has developed several bio-inspired robotic systems in the past. The post-doc will be providing direction and support to the undergraduate students to ensure the project’s success. This is an opportunity for students to gain invaluable hands on design experience developing a unique and innovative system.
The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Level of collaboration||Large group collaboration|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Volunteer|
|Who is eligible||Mechatronics, programming, 3D printing, and/or CAD experience|
Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Goldwater Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.