Simulation of a bio-adhesion system with viscoelasticity

M. M. Tang, A. K. Soh

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The present study focuses on investigation of the adhesive phenomenon of gecko with viscoelasticity using the finite element method. By simplifying a single spatulae as a flat-ended cylinder in contact with a rigid substrate, a model is devised to study the critical radius under which the stress becomes uniform for the adhesive structure. Furthermore, viscoelasticity is taken into consideration in the simulation model instead of elasticity. The critical cylinder radii determined are in agreement with theoretical calculations and experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFracture and Strength of Solids VII
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780878492107
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Fracture and Strength of Solids (FEOFS) 2010 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 7 Jun 20109 Jun 2010
Conference number: 8th (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameKey Engineering Materials
ISSN (Print)1013-9826
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9795


ConferenceInternational Conference on Fracture and Strength of Solids (FEOFS) 2010
Abbreviated titleFEOFS 2010
CityKuala Lumpur
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  • Finite element method
  • Van der waals force
  • Viscoelasiticity

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