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Sidewinding with minimal slip: Snake and robot ascent of sandy slopes Public Deposited

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  • Limbless organisms like snakes can navigate nearly all terrain. In particular, desert-dwelling sidewinder rattlesnakes (C. cerastes) operate effectively on inclined granular media (like sand dunes) that induce failure in field-tested limbless robots through slipping and pitching. Our laboratory experiments reveal that as granular incline angle increases, sidewinder rattlesnakes increase the length of their body in contact with the sand. Implementing this strategy in a physical robot model of the snake enables the device to ascend sandy slopes close to the angle of maximum slope stability. Plate drag experiments demonstrate that granular yield stresses decrease with increasing incline angle. Together these three approaches demonstrate how sidewinding with contact-length control mitigates failure on granular media.
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  • Marvi, H., Gong, C., Gravish, N., Astley, H., Travers, M., Hatton, R. L., ... & Goldman, D. I. (2014). Sidewinding with minimal slip: Snake and robot ascent of sandy slopes. Science, 346(6206), 224-229. doi:10.1126/science.1255718
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  • We thank the National Science Foundation (NSF) (CMMI-1000389, PHY-0848894, PHY-1205878, and PHY-1150760); Army Research Office under grants W911NF-11-1-0514 and W911NF1310092; the Army Research Lab Micro Autonomous Systems and Technology Collaborative Technology Alliance under grant W911NF-08-2-0004; and the Elizabeth Smithgall Watts endowment, for financial support. D.I.G., H.C., and D.H. also acknowledge the Army Research Office and NSF Physics of Living Systems for supporting the Locomotion Systems Science Workshop in Arlington, Virginia, May 2012.
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