Marine Worm- Inspired Material Shape in Response to Its Environment

Scientists have created a material that is inspired by the strength, stability, and mechanical performance of the jaw of a marine worm. The material can naturally adapt to changing environments, stated the scientists.

The material is designed and modeled by researchers from the Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics (LAMM) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Moreover, it is synthesized in collaboration with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Studying the process of how the jaw of Nereis virens, a sandworm, forms and adapts in different environments helped the researchers to develop the unique material. The scientists said that the resulting pH- and the ion-sensitive material are able to respond and react to its environment.

Additionally, Understanding this naturally-occurring process can be particularly helpful for active control of the motion. This is not all deformation of actuators for soft robotics and sensors without using an external power supply or complex electronic controlling devices can also be helpful, said the scientists.

Content: Hindustan Times

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