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Jun 10, 2020

Biomimicry Affiliate Faculty Research Publication

ASU engineer working on digging robots inspired by the motions of razor clams

Read the full ASU Now article here.

“As anyone who has ever used a shovel knows, the only way to dig is by using force. But many animals, including the razor clam, burrow because they live underground. And they don’t use force. ASU Associate Professor Junliang Tao is researching the way that these clams “swim through soil” to create bioinspired subsurface robots.”

Junliang Tao and his team have published both a technical abstract showing the robot can do what a clam can do and a paper in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. Junliang Tao is an affiliate faculty member of the Biomimicry Center.