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Posted on 04/12/2012 4:23:23 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
Robojelly in the lab
...stupid idea because sooner, rather than later, it will ultimately be viewed as a food source by a larger fish.
Attach some C4 and send it to visit Iran’s Kilo submarines.
I’m more concerned that if they get it working, Obama will make me drive one by next year.
Hydrogen-fuel-powered bell segments of biomimetic jellyfish
Artificial muscles powered by a renewable energy source are desired for joint articulation in bio-inspired autonomous systems. In this study, a robotic underwater vehicle, inspired by jellyfish, was designed to be actuated by a chemical fuel source. The fuel-powered muscles presented in this work comprise nano-platinum catalyst-coated multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) sheets, wrapped on the surface of nickeltitanium (NiTi) shape memory alloy (SMA). As a mixture of oxygen and hydrogen gases makes contact with the platinum, the resulting exothermic reaction activates the nickeltitanium (NiTi)-based SMA. The MWCNT sheets serve as a support for the platinum particles and enhance the heat transfer due to the high thermal conductivity between the composite and the SMA. A hydrogen and oxygen fuel source could potentially provide higher power density than electrical sources. Several vehicle designs were considered and a peripheral SMA configuration under the robotic bell was chosen as the best arrangement. Constitutive equations combined with thermodynamic modeling were developed to understand the influence of system parameters that affect the overall actuation behavior of the fuel-powered SMA. The model is based on the changes in entropy of the hydrogen and oxygen fuel on the composite actuator within a channel. The specific heat capacity is the dominant factor controlling the width of the strain for various pulse widths of fuel delivery. Both theoretical and experimental strains for different diameter (100 and 150 µm) SMA/MWCNT/Pt fuel-powered muscles with dead weight attached at the end exhibited the highest magnitude under 450 ms of fuel delivery within 1.6 mm diameter conduit size. Fuel-powered bell deformation of 13.5% was found to be comparable to that of electrically powered (29%) and natural jellyfish (42%).
Full technical article at link includes:
2. Theoretical study on fuel-powered SMA
3. Experimental methods
4. Fuel-powered SMA vehicle design and testing
5. Comparison of experimental and theoretical results of fuel-powered SMA
6. Summary and conclusion
“Im more concerned that if they get it working, Obama will make me drive one by next year.”
And you thought the Volt was bad lol
With those pins sticking out of it it looks like the jelly fish from Hell.
Yes there’s near infinite amounts of hydrogen in the oceans but it’s all bonded to oxygen. How do they get around that?
They use platinum catalyst to free small amounts of Hydrogen, I believe.
Turn it into a propeller and you have fuel free - though likely slow - ocean propulsion.
Just wait until they start adding the stuff to KY jelly...man oh man..that will really be something...
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