Multi-body Analysis of a Bio-Inspired Underwater Robot
In the last two decades, bio-inspired solutions have been thoroughly investigated as a source of efficiency and manoeuvrability improvement for underwater robots. By means of advanced simulation techniques, researchers from all over the world are trying to quantify the propulsive forces generated by biological thrusters. However, in order to compute the resulting motion of the robot, such forces must be integrated in a multi-body model, which accounts for the mass distribution and for the hydrodynamic effects on a rigid body moving in a fluid. In order to address this objective, the authors devised a framework to integrate the long-lasting fluid dynamics simulations with the real-time control techniques required to manage autonomous navigation. The adaptability of the proposed method has been tested by computing the propulsive performance of a bio-inspired underwater vehicle manufactured by the authors.
KeywordsBiomimetics Computational fluid dynamics Multi-body analysis Underwater robots
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