75th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 20, 2022 — November 22, 2022)

V0054: SurferBot: a wave-propelled aquatic vibrobot

  • Eugene Rhee, Brown University
  • Robert Hunt, Brown University
  • Stuart J. Thomson, University of Bristol
  • Daniel M. Harris, Brown University
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/APS.DFD.2022.GFM.V0054

The SurferBot is a vibrating robot that resides at an air-water interface and relies on self-generated waves to propel steadily along the surface.  In this video, we highlight its simple design and construction, elucidate the physical mechanisms underlying its propulsion, and document its versatility for operation in a variety of configurations.  Such interfacial microrobots have been proposed for use in applications related to environmental monitoring, surveillance, and pedagogy.

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