Plants and Mechanical Motion; A Synthetic Approach to Nastic Materials and Structures - from DEStech Publications

DEStech Publications, Inc. announces the publication of Plants and Mechanical Motion, edited by Norman M. Wereley from the University of Maryland and Janet M. Sater from the Institute of Defense Analyses.

Plants and Mechanical Motion - A Synthetic Approach to Nastic Materials and Structures Edited by: Norman M. Wereley, University of Maryland and Janet M. Sater, Institute for Defense Analyses

Beginning with the basics of plant motion, this book explains technologies for translating plant-like movements to new adaptive materials, with explicit reference to helicopter and aeronautic applications.

The first part of the book focuses on energy transport strategies using transport protein pressurization, ion intercalation, electrosmosis/electromigration and closed-cell gas generation. Part two concentrates on the mechanics and applications of fluidic muscle-like materials bioinspired by fibrillar plant tissue for use in soft robotics, biomimetic robots, and morphing aeronautical structures. Each chapter covers analytical models, test results, design and troubleshooting. The information in the text is meant to assist materials scientists and engineers to initiate research and design in the field of nastic materials and structures.

Chapters of the book include:

  • Controllable Microhydraulic Actuation Using Biological Ion Transporters
  • Electrochemical Actuators Utilizing Solid-State Intercalation Compounds and Their Applications to Smart Structures
  • Electroosmotically-Actuated Hydrogel for Nastic Actuation
  • Electrochemical/Combustion Actuation to Achieve Helicopter Blade Twist
  • Learning from Plants—Recent Advances in Fluidic Flexible Matrix Composite based Multi-Cellular and Multi-Functional Adaptive Structures
  • Soft Robotic Manipulators: Design, Analysis, and Control
  • Plant-Inspired Flexible Matrix Composite Actuators for Biomimetic Underwater Propulsion Systems
  • Bio-Inspired Pneumatic Artificial Muscle Actuation of Trailing Edge Flaps in a Helicopter Rotor

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