Faculty Advisor

Koehler, Stephan A.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

The primary objective of this project is to further the study of motion through granular media. The physics team was tasked with determining the variability of drag forces based on changes in the depth and surface area of a body. Meanwhile the Engineering team was tasked with the design and construction of a robotic test platform to assist in the study of wave motion within granular media. To this extent, a scalable biomimetic robotic snake was designed with the capability to move below the surface of granular media. Instilling the robot with the capability to follow arbitrary traveling waveforms while monitoring a sensor suite and collecting data for analysis is the first phase to understanding the physics associated with granular motion.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Physics

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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