English Abstract

Bio-inspired Tribology

Yoshinori SAWAE
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyushu University, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan
Nippon Gomu Kyokaishi,(2015),88(2),55-59 General Review in Japanese

Recently, there has been strong attention to science and engineering inspired by biological systems. In this paper, we discuss a topic on bio-inspired tribology: switchable frictional adhesion of a gecko-inspired adhesive pad. Through this topic, we will point out the importance of design and mechanics of soft matter.

Keywords: Adhesion, Friction, Gecko, Seta, Spatula, Bio-inspiration, Biomimetic, Curved Beam