FURI | Spring 2018

Adhesion of Octopus Bimaculoides

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The suckers of an octopus have amazing adhesive properties both in and out of water. There are some relationships and questions that the research into suction of the octopus bimaculoides aims to accomplish. These aims include: centralized v. decentralized adhesion of the suckers, passive v. active adhesion, function of tentacles by location, and suction v. adhesion. All of these are studied by testing the adhesive force of the proximal suckers under different situations. The knowledge gained will influence the design of a new synthetic fiber and octopus influenced robot to be used for underwater and space application.

Student researcher

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Anna Hu

Mechanical engineering

Hometown: Manhattan, New York

Graduation date: Spring 2019