Chapter 8

Micro- and nanorobots in Newtonian and biological viscoelastic fluids

Stefano Palagi; Debora Walker; Tian Qiu,; Peer Fischer,    Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, GermanySwiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Lausanne, SwitzerlandUniversity of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Abstract

Swimming microorganisms are a source of inspiration for small scale robots that are intended to operate in fluidic environments including complex biomedical fluids. Nature has devised swimming strategies that are effective at small scales and at low Reynolds number. These include the rotary corkscrew motion that, for instance, propels a flagellated bacterial cell, as well as the asymmetric beat of appendages ...

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