Structural properties of a scaled gecko foot-hair

Jose Berengueres, Shigeki Saito, Kenjiro Tadakuma

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number001
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalBioinspiration and Biomimetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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