Faculty Advisor

Jarvis, Susan M.

Abstract

The goal of this project was to improve UAV efficiency through use of biomimetic design. This was achieved through the application of a hydraulically actuated soft robotic fin. Drawing inspiration from the manta ray, a custom actuator was developed to achieve a feasible, lifelike locomotion method. The actuator was incorporated into a prototype robot to assess the performance and ease of integration.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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