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Biomimetics, Volume 3, Issue 2 (June 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Tribology within insect leg joints depends on their kinematics and point of contact between moving [...] Read more. Tribology within insect leg joints depends on their kinematics and point of contact between moving parts. In the beetle Pachnoda marginata, we found two topological design principles of the contact surfaces that might be considered as adaptations for reducing friction during leg movements: (1) the contact pairs of all leg joints studied consist of convex and concave counterparts; (2) there is a smooth and a rough surface in contact in which microprotuberances reduce the actual contact area. These principles may potentially be interesting for implications in mechanical joints. View the paper here.