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1 April 2014 Performance of a bio-inspired spider web
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The goal of this study is to investigate dynamic properties and the total energy change of a bio-inspired spider web. To better understand performance, the effects of preload, radial and spiral string stiffness and damping ratio on the natural frequency and total energy of the web are theoretically examined. Different types of web materials and configurations, such as damaged webs are investigated. It is demonstrated that the pretension, stiffness and damping ratio of the web’s strings can significantly affect the natural frequency and total energy of the full and damaged webs. In addition, it is shown that by increasing the pretension in the radial strings one can compensate for the damaged strings and increase the capability of the damaged web to reach that of the full web.
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Lingyue Zheng, Majid Behrooz, Rui Li, Xiaojie Wang, and Faramarz Gordaninejad "Performance of a bio-inspired spider web", Proc. SPIE 9057, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2014, 90570I (1 April 2014);

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