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A Friction and Adhesion Characterization Setup for Extreme Temperatures

Abstract It is well known that the geckos can cling to almost any surface using highly dense micro/nano fibrils found on the feet that rely on Van Der Waals forces to adhere. A few experimental and theoretical approaches have been taken to understand the adhesion mechanism of gecko feet. This work explains the building procedure of custom experimental setup to test the adhesion force over a temperature range and extends its application in space environment, potentially unsafe working condition.

This study demonstrates that these adhesive capable of switching adhesive properties not only at room environment but also over a temperature range of -160 degC to 120 degC in vacuum conditions. These conditions are similar to the condition experienced by... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Mate, Sunil Munjaji (Author) / Marvi, Hamidreza (Advisor) / Rykaczewski, Konrad (Committee member) / Lee, Hyunglae (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Mechanical engineering / Robotics / Dry adhesive / Gecko / PDMS / Space application / Switchable adhesives / Temperature dependant
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 45 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Mechanical Engineering 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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