Mechanical Reconstruction of a Chameleon Tongue (Closed)

Chameleons are able to shoot their tongues with accelerations of up to 50g to capture prey. To do this, they use a very specialized mechanism, involving elastic structures and muscle activation. A similar system is currently not seen in any other mechanical product or medical instrument. A shooting mechanism, similar to that of a chameleon can give important insights into new ways to accelerate projectiles.

Therefore, the goal of this research project is to design a mechanical shooting mechanism with similar characteristics using the chameleon’s tongue as inspiration.

Contact: Aimée Sakes, a.sakes@tudelft.nl

Chameleon copy