Simple Flagellated Soft Robot for Locomotion near Air-Fluid Interface

@article{Du2021SimpleFS,
  title={Simple Flagellated Soft Robot for Locomotion near Air-Fluid Interface},
  author={Yayun Du and Andrew Miller and Mohammad Khalid Jawed},
  journal={2021 IEEE 4th International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft)},
  year={2021},
  pages={472-478}
}
A wide range of microorganisms, e.g. bacteria, propel themselves by rotation of soft helical tails, also known as flagella. Due to the small size of these organisms, viscous forces overwhelm inertial effects and the flow is at low Reynolds number. In this fluid-structure problem, a competition between elastic forces and hydrodynamic (viscous) forces leads to a net propulsive force forward. A thorough understanding of this highly coupled fluid-structure interaction problem can not only help us… 

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