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A Model of Interfacial Permeability for Soft Seals in Marine-Organism, Suction-Based Adhesion

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 June 2016

Michael Beckert*
Georgia Tech Research Institute Advanced Concepts Laboratory Atlanta, GA 30318, U.S.A.
Brooke E. Flammang
New Jersey Institute of Technology Department of Biological Sciences, Newark, NJ, 07102, U.S.A.
Jason H. Nadler
Georgia Tech Research Institute Advanced Concepts Laboratory Atlanta, GA 30318, U.S.A.
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Reversible, suction based adhesion employed by many marine organisms may provide unique, adaptable technologies for biologically inspired grasping devices that function in difficult submerged environments. Here a theoretical framework based on measurable structural, material, and topological properties is developed to better understand a critical aspect of suction based attachment strategies: the leakage rate. The utility of the approach is demonstrated on an experimental apparatus designed to mimic the flow conditions experienced by a suction-based attachment device. Furthermore, the sealing effectiveness of a remora fish on sharkskin is investigated as a biological example.

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