Robotic Research Platform for Locomotion Through Granular Media Public
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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.
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