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2013 (Vol. 6, Issue: 15)
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Experimental Investigation to the Kinematics of a Blue Spotted Ray like Underwater Propulsor

Jianhui He and Yonghua Zhang
Corresponding Author:  Jianhui He 

Key words:  Bluespotted ray, experimental investigation, kinematics, underwater propulsor, , ,
Vol. 6 , (15): 2799-2806
Submitted Accepted Published
December 31, 2012 February 08, 2013 August 20, 2013

Engineers have long been impressed by the swimming speed and agility of fish. Their research effort has been focusing on the development of a new technique of propulsion by mimicking biological fish. The aim of the present work is to develop a biological inspired underwater propulsor that emulates the performance of bluspotted ray. We first measured the morphology and captured the movement of a real bluespotted ray to provide some useful references for biomimetic mechanism design. By virtue of the modular and reconfigurable design concept, a bluspotted ray like underwater propulsor was considered and developed. An experiment system was set up to investigate the effect of various kinematic parameters including frequency, amplitude, wavelength on the propulsion velocity, thrust and efficiency of the fish robot. The results show that the designed biomimetic underwater propulsor is able to propel itself effectively.
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Jianhui He and Yonghua Zhang, 2013. Experimental Investigation to the Kinematics of a Blue Spotted Ray like Underwater Propulsor.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 6(15): 2799-2806.
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ISSN (Online):  2040-7467
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