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An Artificial Vibrissa-Like Sensor for Detection of Flows

Technical Mechanics Group, Technische Universität Ilmenau, Max-Planck-Ring 12, 98693 Ilmenau, Germany
Section of Mechanical Engineering, Pontificial Catholic University of Peru, San Miguel 15088, Lima, Peru
Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Technische Universität Ilmenau, 98693 Ilmenau, Germany
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences, 98574 Schmalkalden, Germany
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Scharff, M.; Rivera Campos, R.A.; Merker, L.; Alencastre, J.H.; Behn, C.; Zimmermann, K. Flow Detection using an Artificial Vibrissa-Like Sensor–Simulations and Experiments. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Mechatronics-Mechatronika (ME), Brno, Czech Republic, 5–7 December 2018.
Sensors 2019, 19(18), 3892;
Received: 3 August 2019 / Revised: 5 September 2019 / Accepted: 6 September 2019 / Published: 10 September 2019
In nature, there are several examples of sophisticated sensory systems to sense flows, e.g., the vibrissae of mammals. Seals can detect the flow of their prey, and rats are able to perceive the flow of surrounding air. The vibrissae are arranged around muzzle of an animal. A vibrissa consists of two major components: a shaft (infector) and a follicle–sinus complex (receptor), whereby the base of the shaft is supported by the follicle-sinus complex. The vibrissa shaft collects and transmits stimuli, e.g., flows, while the follicle-sinus complex transduces them for further processing. Beside detecting flows, the animals can also recognize the size of an object or determine the surface texture. Here, the combination of these functionalities in a single sensory system serves as paragon for artificial tactile sensors. The detection of flows becomes important regarding the measurement of flow characteristics, e.g., velocity, as well as the influence of the sensor during the scanning of objects. These aspects are closely related to each other, but, how can the characteristics of flow be represented by the signals at the base of a vibrissa shaft or by an artificial vibrissa-like sensor respectively? In this work, the structure of a natural vibrissa shaft is simplified to a slender, cylindrical/tapered elastic beam. The model is analyzed in simulation and experiment in order to identify the necessary observables to evaluate flows based on the quasi-static large deflection of the sensor shaft inside a steady, non-uniform, laminar, in-compressible flow. View Full-Text
Keywords: vibrissa; flow sensing; bio-inspired sensor; drag reduction vibrissa; flow sensing; bio-inspired sensor; drag reduction
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Scharff, M.; Schorr, P.; Becker, T.; Resagk, C.; Alencastre Miranda, J.H.; Behn, C. An Artificial Vibrissa-Like Sensor for Detection of Flows. Sensors 2019, 19, 3892.

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Scharff M, Schorr P, Becker T, Resagk C, Alencastre Miranda JH, Behn C. An Artificial Vibrissa-Like Sensor for Detection of Flows. Sensors. 2019; 19(18):3892.

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Scharff, Moritz, Philipp Schorr, Tatiana Becker, Christian Resagk, Jorge H. Alencastre Miranda, and Carsten Behn. 2019. "An Artificial Vibrissa-Like Sensor for Detection of Flows" Sensors 19, no. 18: 3892.

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