In the recent past the design of many aquatic robots has been inspired by the motion of fish. Actuated internal rotors or moving masses have been frequently used either for propulsion and or the control of such robots. However the effect of internal passive degrees of freedom or passive appendages on the motion of such robots is poorly understood. In this paper we present a minimal model that demonstrates the influence of passive degrees of freedom on an aquatic robot. The model is of a circular cylinder with a passive internal rotor, immersed in an inviscid fluid interacting with point vortices. We show through numerics that the motion of the cylinder containing a passive degree of freedom is significantly different than one without. These results show that the mechanical feedback via passive degrees of freedom could be a useful way to control the motion of aquatic robots.
- Dynamic Systems and Control Division
Dynamics of a Circular Cylinder With a Passive Degree of Freedom Interacting With an Inviscid Fluid Containing a Point Vortex
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Tallapragada, P, Pollard, B, & Fedonyuk, V. "Dynamics of a Circular Cylinder With a Passive Degree of Freedom Interacting With an Inviscid Fluid Containing a Point Vortex." Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. Volume 1: Aerospace Applications; Advances in Control Design Methods; Bio Engineering Applications; Advances in Non-Linear Control; Adaptive and Intelligent Systems Control; Advances in Wind Energy Systems; Advances in Robotics; Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics; Biomedical and Neural Systems Modeling, Diagnostics, and Control; Bio-Mechatronics and Physical Human Robot; Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Vehicles; Automotive Systems. Tysons, Virginia, USA. October 11–13, 2017. V001T08A004. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DSCC2017-5153
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