Secure and gentle grip of delicate biological tissues
With their specialised toe pads, tree frogs can attach to smooth, rough and even wet surfaces. This makes them an interesting model for the study of biological attachment mechanisms (e.g. van der Waals interactions) and for the development of novel, biomimetic surgical tools. For a better understanding of the basics of tree frog attachment, we combine experimental (force measurements, kinematics) and numerical (FEA) approaches with analyses of toe pad morphology.
Toe pad morphology has to support the generation of sufficient adhesion and friction as well as the transfer of these forces to the skeleton. Analysis of the morphological bases of force transfer might allow conclusions on the mechanism involved in force generation.
You will visualise the three-dimensional morphology of load transferring structures in a toe pad. Further, this project includes quantitative measurements of these structures and discussion of the observed morphology with respect to behaviour of the animal and attachment mechanics.
This subject is available from 04/2017 – 12/2017. It is best suited for a BSc project.
The following skills are beneficial for applicants:
- Good understanding of image analysis (e.g. ImageJ, MeVisLab)
- Good knowledge in biomechanics
- Basic understanding of adhesion and friction
- Good knowledge in MS Office; experience with MATLAB is helpful
For questions or application (incl. CV and letter of motivation), please contact Julian Langowski.
|Examiner:||Prof. Dr. Ir. Johan L. van Leeuwen|
|Supervisors:||Julian K.A. Langowski|
|Contact:||Julian K.A. Langowski (via contact form)|
|Begin date:||01/04/2017 (variable)|
|End date:||01/01/2018 (variable)|
|Credits:||12 ECTS (variable)|
|Requirements:||See thesis description|
|Used skills:||Image analysis, Segmentation, Data management, Biomechanics, Biomimet-ics, Scientific writing and presentation|