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Nature-Inspired Self-Powered Sensors and Energy Harvesters

Sengupta, D., Chen, S-H. & Kottapalli, A. G. P., 1-Mar-2019, Self-Powered and Soft Polymer MEMS/NEMS Devices. Kottapalli, A. G. P., Tao, K., Sengupta, D. & Triantafyllou, M. S. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 61-81 21 p.

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Chapter 3 presents a comprehensive review of the various biomimetic self-powered and low-powered MEMS pressure and flow sensors that take inspiration from the biological flow sensors found in the marine world. The sensing performance of the biological flow sensors in marine animals has inspired engineers and scientists to develop efficient state-of-the-art sensors for a variety of real-life applications. In an attempt to achieve high-performance artificial flow sensors, researchers have mimicked the morphology, sensing principle, materials, and functionality of the biological sensors. Inspiration was derived from the survival hydrodynamics featured by various marine animals to develop sensors for sensing tasks in underwater vehicles. The mechanoreceptors of crocodiles have inspired the development of slowly and rapidly adapting MEMS sensory domes for passive underwater sensing. Likewise, the lateral line sensing system in fishes which is capable of generating a three-dimensional map of the surroundings was mimicked to achieve artificial hydrodynamic vision on underwater vehicles. Harbor seals are known to achieve high sensitivity in sensing flows within the wake street of a swimming fish due to the undulatory geometry of the whiskers. Whisker inspired structures were embedded into MEMS sensing membranes to understand their vortex shedding behavior. At the outset, this work comprehensively reviews the sensing mechanisms observed in fishes, crocodiles, and harbor seals. In addition, this chapter presents an in-depth commentary on the recent developments in this area where different researchers have taken inspiration from these aforementioned underwater creatures and developed some of the most efficient artificial sensing systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelf-Powered and Soft Polymer MEMS/NEMS Devices
EditorsAjay Giri Prakash Kottapalli, Kai Tao, Debarun Sengupta, Michael S. Triantafyllou
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Chapter3
Pages61-81
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-05554-7
Publication statusPublished - 1-Mar-2019

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