Shape changing smart dust




We have examined algorithms for the adaptive shape change of smart dust motes that permits a change in drag coefficient depending on whether or not the random motion is in a favourable direction. Monte Carlo simulations have been made for swarms of smart dust devices transporting in the wind-dominated environment of the Martian landscape. It is concluded that relatively simple shape changing algorithms, activated through an electro-active polymer sheath, will permit self-organised transport over large distances.




Smart dust and smart specks

Proposed application to space exploration

Analogy with motion of blown sand

Shape changing smart dust

Algorithms for collective motion of smart dust




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