A mechanical analysis of woodpecker drumming and its application to shock-absorbing systems

  title={A mechanical analysis of woodpecker drumming and its application to shock-absorbing systems},
  author={Sang‐Hee Yoon and Sungmin Park},
  journal={Bioinspiration \& Biomimetics},
A woodpecker is known to drum the hard woody surface of a tree at a rate of 18 to 22 times per second with a deceleration of 1200 g, yet with no sign of blackout or brain damage. As a model in nature, a woodpecker is studied to find clues to develop a shock-absorbing system for micromachined devices. Its advanced shock-absorbing mechanism, which cannot be explained merely by allometric scaling, is analyzed in terms of endoskeletal structures. In this analysis, the head structures (beak, hyoid… 
Biomimetic design of woodpecker for shock and vibration protection
  • Jing BianX. Jing
  • Materials Science, Engineering
    2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2014)
  • 2014
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