Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
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Bachelor of Science
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Damp granular media is a difficult environment to study because it is both practically complex and it lacks equations which fully describe its behavior. In this study, an oscillatory lateral head movement and its effects while penetrating damp granular media were tested using a robophysical model. This experimental research was inspired by the burrowing behavior of the clade Amphisbaenia, a group of usually limbless squamates that employ a variety of different burrowing behaviors, but it can apply to a wide range of burrowers. This research could help with both human burrowing technologies and the further investigation of animal behaviors.
Robert Joel Duff
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Newell, Jacob, "Amphisbaenian Head Movement and Burrowing Forces in Damp Granular Media" (2023). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1646.
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