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ICRA'08 Paper Abstract


Paper WeB7.1

Mazumdar, Anirban (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Valdivia y Alvarado, Pablo (MIT), Youcef-Toumi, Kamal (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Maneuverability of a Robotic Tuna with Compliant Body

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Biologically Inspired Robotic Fish" (WeB7), Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 13:40−14:00, 207

2008 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 19-23, 2008, Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena, CA, USA

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Keywords Biomimetics


The maneuvering performance of a robotic device designed to mimic the swimming motions of Thunniform swimmers is presented. In contrast to existing designs, this design achieves fish like locomotion through the use of a single actuator and a compliant body and tail. Experiments were performed using both biased swimming motions and coasted turns. During these experiments the Compliant Robotic Tuna (CRT) achieved steady swimming speeds of up to 0.37 body lengths / second, average turning rates of up to 12.6 degrees per second, and turning radii as low as 1 body length. In addition, this paper compares the measured maneuvering performance with the predictions of a simplified rigid body model that was derived using both theoretical and empirical techniques. The swimming motions studied in this paper were achieved using open loop mechanisms. Therefore the potential for performance improvements exists.



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