The motion of cilia could be further understood by creating and analysing a large scale model with similar stiffness and property values. Varying amounts of vibrating HEXBUG robots, representing motion and active particles, were placed in series with different segment lengths connecting them. The oscillating motion of a ciliium was able to be replicated and analyzed using autotracing and autotracking programs. The amplitude of the model increased with increasing length, while increasing length had an inconclusive effect on period. Furthermore, the visual path of a marked end segment repeated with each oscillation recorded.
Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study
Date of Submission
Utterback, Toby, "Physical Model of Cilia Motion" (2022). Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Independent Study. 210.