Faculty Advisor

Koehler, Stephan A.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

The motivation for this project is to provide a means to study the physics of sand-swimming, which is a behavior seen in certain desert snakes. A biomimetic self-contained scalable robotic snake was designed and built with the capability to move below the surface of granular media. Its ability to match arbitrary traveling waveforms while recording data for analysis makes it a first step towards understanding the physics of sand-swimming through experimental studies.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Psychological Science

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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