In recent years micro-robots have been used for medical purposes, in order to perform targeted delivery of drugs or to operate with minimal invasivity inside the human body. Since swimming at the microscopic scale is determined by the prevalence of viscous forces over inertial ones, a non-reciprocal stroke strategy needs to be adopted.
We aim to analyze a particular type of elastic micro-swimmer, driven by an external magnetic field, which satisfies the requirements for producing such strokes. The focus of the project will be controlling the robot and optimizing its characteristic parameters to fulfill different tasks.
- Control of the micro-swimmer when close to walls and obstacles
- Shape optimization of the micro-swimmer
- Validation of numerical results with experiments
FEEL++, the Cemosis flagship software for numerical simulations, will be used throughout the project.
- Laetitia Giraldi, INRIA Sophia-Antipolis
- Stéphane Régnier, ISIR Laboratory, Université Pierre Marie Curie
- Christophe Prud’homme, Cemosis, U Strasbourg
- Luca Berti, Cemosis, U Strasbourg
- Vincent Chabannes, Cemosis, U Strasbourg
- Labex IRMIA
- CNRS Défi InfIniti 2018-2020 (C.O.M.M.)