A model of interfacial permeability for soft seals in marine-organism, suction-based adhesion

Michael Beckert, Brooke E. Flammang, Jason H. Nadler

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Abstract

Reversible, suction based adhesion employed by many marine organisms may provide unique, adaptable technologies for biologically inspired grasping devices that function in difficult submerged environments. Here a theoretical framework based on measurable structural, material, and topological properties is developed to better understand a critical aspect of suction based attachment strategies: The leakage rate. The utility of the approach is demonstrated on an experimental apparatus designed to mimic the flow conditions experienced by a suction-based attachment device. Furthermore, the sealing effectiveness of a remora fish on sharkskin is investigated as a biological example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2531-2541
Number of pages11
JournalMRS Advances
Volume1
Issue number36
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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