Dynamic modeling of a compliant tail-propelled robotic fish

Vladislav Kopman, Jeffrey Laut, Maurizio Porfiri, Francesco Acquaviva, Alessandro Rizzo

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This paper presents a dynamic model for a class of robotic fish propelled by a tail with a flexible fin. The robot is comprised of a rigid frontal link acting as a body and a rear link serving as the tail. The tail includes a rigid component, hinged to the body through a servomotor, which is connected to a compliant caudal fin whose underwater vibration induces the propulsion. The robot's body dynamics is modeled using Kirchhoff 's equations of motion of bodies in quiescent fluids, while its tail motion is described with Euler-Bernoulli beam theory, accounting for the effect of the encompassing fluid through the Morison equation. Simulation data of the model is compared with experimental data. Applications of the model include simulation, prediction, design optimization, and control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAerial Vehicles; Aerospace Control; Alternative Energy; Automotive Control Systems; Battery Systems; Beams and Flexible Structures; Biologically-Inspired Control and its Applications;
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Print)9780791856123
StatePublished - 2013
EventASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2013 - Palo Alto, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2013Oct 23 2013

Publication series

NameASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2013


OtherASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalo Alto, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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