The lower jaw of hummingbirds can deform extensively and quickly for catching preys. This behavior gives hummingbirds the capability to feed on both honey and insects, a more diverse diet than their peers. What’s the mechanical structure and mechanism that allows the fast snapping motion? Similar snapping motion has been utilized for designing deployable spacecraft structures. We will build physical and computational models to analyze the behavior and use them to inspire new design concepts for deployable structures.
Start Date: 1/11/2023 - End Date: 4/27/2023
Type of Project
Build simple physical models. Learn finite element analysis. Build computational models.
Courses: Solid Mechanics, Modeling Methods (preferred but not required). Hands-on skills with building physical prototypes with varying degrees of accuracy (from paper models to engineering models) Programming skills (preferred but not required): Matlab
Interested in Working With the Following Programs
For EXCEL URE Students Only