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Overvliet, Coen (author)
This thesis aims to explore the design of a mechanical solution for a self-burrowing probe for site characterization using a bio-inspired design approach. The biological strategies of a range of organisms known for their burrowing and penetration behavior are presented and several burrowing robots that implement these biological strategies as...
master thesis 2023
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Ulyanov, Boris (author)
Liquid crystalline polymers have recently attracted attention for their great tensile properties. However, their interlaminar fracture toughness is low. To solve this, toughening approaches inspired by Nature are applied, exploiting the shaping freedom of fused deposition modelling. Three approaches are studied: the matchstick approach, z...
master thesis 2023
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Koudstaal, Loulou (author)
The MLD massage is a key component of a lymphedema patient’s treatment. Currently, research is ongoing manifesting a transition from system care to self-care by designing robotic sleeves that are able to perform an effective and safe MLD massage enabling the patient to gain a sense of empowerment and ownership over their treatment and time. This...
master thesis 2023
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Manjunath, Laveena (author)
Airspeed information plays a crucial role in the takeoff, flight, and landing processes in animal flyers and aerial vehicles. Among the aerial vehicles, Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles (FWMAVs) represent the novel engineering approach of learning and mimicking animal flyers in the past two decades. A few prototypes of various sizes and...
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van Veggel, Stein (author)
In the field of soft robotics, rigid joints and links are replaced by soft, deformable elements, This causes soft continuum robot arms to excel in unpredictable environments, but to face challenges during control and shape reconstruction. The sensing ability present in octopus suckers provides inspiration for solutions. Octopuses employ their...
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Firlefyn, Michiel (author)
Insects have long been recognized for their ability to navigate and return home using visual cues from their nest’s environment. However, the precise mechanism underlying this remarkable homing skill remains a subject of ongoing investigation. Drawing inspiration from the learning flights of honey bees and wasps, we propose a robot navigation...
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Sekar, Anand (author)
Colonoscopy is a widely used endoscopic procedure to diagnose colorectal cancer (CRC) which is considered the fourth most common cancer in the US and the second most common cancer in Europe. Colonoscope, used in colonoscopy, consists of a thin flexible hollow tube that is inserted into the rectum of a person and propagated through the entire...
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Mooijman, Tom (author)
Enceladus, one of the icy moons of Saturn, has been of major scientific interest since the Cassini-Huygens mission has explored the Saturn system. This is due to cryovolcanic geysers with complex organic molecules and other ingredients for life in it blasting into space from its subglacial warm ocean. The moon's harsh environmental conditions...
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Moens, Tieme (author)
Flying drones have been a well-established field of engineering for many years now. With the wave of bio-inspired design came the idea of flapping wing micro air vehicles (FWMAVs). These drones use flapping wings instead of fixed or rotary wings to generate their lift, giving them the potential for agile movement and application in confined...
master thesis 2023
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de Kater, E.P. (author), Müller, R. (author), Sakes, A. (author), Breedveld, P. (author)
The fixation strength of pedicle screws could be increased by fixating along the much stronger cortical bone layer, which is not possible with the current rigid and straight bone drills. Inspired by the tsetse fly, a single-plane steerable bone drill was developed. The drill has a flexible transmission using two stacked leaf springs such that...
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King, Andrew J. (author), Portugal, Steven J. (author), Strömbom, Daniel (author), Mann, Richard P. (author), Carrillo, José A. (author), Kalise, Dante (author), de Croon, G.C.H.E. (author), Barnett, Heather (author), Scerri, Paul (author)
A single sheepdog can bring together and manoeuvre hundreds of sheep from one location to another. Engineers and ecologists are fascinated by this sheepdog herding because of the potential it provides for ‘bio-herding’: a biologically inspired herding of animal groups by robots. Although many herding algorithms have been proposed, most are...
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Ortner, Thomas (author), Pes, Lorenzo (author), Gentinetta, Joris (author), Frenkel, C. (author), Pantazi, Angeliki (author)
Recurrent neural networks trained with the backpropagation through time (BPTT) algorithm have led to astounding successes in various temporal tasks. However, BPTT introduces severe limitations, such as the requirement to propagate information backwards through time, the weight symmetry requirement, as well as update-locking in space and time....
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Fung-A-Jou, Zola (author), Bloemberg, J. (author), Breedveld, P. (author)
Needles are commonly used in medical procedures. However, current needle designs have some disadvantages. Therefore, a new generation of hypodermic needles and microneedle patches drawing inspiration from mechanisms found in nature (i.e. bioinspiration) is being developed. In this systematic review, 80 articles were retrieved from Scopus, Web...
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Houriet, C.C.M.C.A.G. (author), Damodaran, V. (author), Mascolo, Chiara (author), Gantenbein, Silvan (author), Peeters, D.M.J. (author), Masania, K. (author)
Anisotropic materials formed by living organisms possess remarkable mechanical properties due to their intricate microstructure and directional freedom. In contrast, human-made materials face challenges in achieving similar levels of directionality due to material and manufacturability constraints. To overcome these limitations, an approach...
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Kortman, V.G. (author), Sakes, A. (author), Endo, Gen (author), Breedveld, P. (author)
Gripping slippery and flexible tissues during minimal invasive surgery (MIS) is often challenging using a conventional tissue gripper. A force grip has to compensate for the low friction coefficient between the gripper’s jaws and the tissue surface. This study focuses on the development of a suction gripper. This device applies a pressure...
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Cruz Saldivar, M. (author), Veeger, Robin Petrus Elias (author), Tay, E.T.W.S. (author), Fenu, M. (author), Klimopoulou, M. (author), van Osch, G.J.V.M. (author), Fratila-Apachitei, E.L. (author), Doubrovski, E.L. (author), Mirzaali, Mohammad J. (author), Zadpoor, A.A. (author)
Living organisms use functional gradients (FGs) to interface hard and soft materials (e.g., bone and tendon), a strategy with engineering potential. Past attempts involving hard (or soft) phase ratio variation have led to mechanical property inaccuracies because of microscale-material macroscale-property nonlinearity. This study examines 3D...
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Harvey, Christina (author), de Croon, G.C.H.E. (author), Taylor, Graham K. (author), Bomphrey, Richard J. (author)
Powered flight was once a capability limited only to animals, but by identifying useful attributes of animal flight and building on these with technological advances, engineers have pushed the frontiers of flight beyond our predecessors’ wildest imaginations. Yet, there remain many key characteristics of biological flight that elude current...
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Wang, Chenyao (author)
Flapping wing micro aerial vehicles (FWMAVs) are known for their flight agility and maneuverability. However, their in-gust flight performance and stability is still inferior to their biological counterparts. To this end, a simplified in-gust dynamic model, which could capture the main gust effects on FWMAVs, has been identified with real in...
master thesis 2022
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Glaser, Niels (author)
Dry adhesives can reattach to surfaces due to the reversible bond made by Van der Waals forces. These adhesives can therefore be used as gripping surface that has a high frictional load capacity, independent of the grasping force. In many grippers, the adhesive surface is often pressed into contact with another surface (’substrate’) in an open...
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Nilsen, Lars (author)
Morphogenesis of living organisms could be used as inspiration to digitally augment the reinforcement of structures. The design space in terms of fiber orientation was enlarged to facilitate more complex patches with improved performance that can be 3D printed using a ghost ply optimisation. Simulations performed on optimized open-hole tensile...
master thesis 2022
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