Experimental measurements on a cm-scale replica structure of a gecko foot-hair where magnets are used in place of (the usual) van der Waals force are reported. We conduct naked-eye experiments and investigate the mechanical properties of such hair structure and shapes that constitute it. Links between shapes and mechanical properties (functions) useful in geckos for clinging onto walls and adhering to rough surfaces are explained in terms of energy efficiency.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Bioinspiration and Biomimetics|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Engineering (miscellaneous)