Seminar Series

Performance Analysis for Natural and Artificial Swimmers


Ph.D. Student Michael Coe


Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury

Time & Place

Tue, 05 Apr 2022 13:00:56 NZST in Beatrice Tinsley 112


How do we define performance for long range underwater vehicles? Which design principles should we take from nature to adapt engineered systems? What are relevant performance metrics that can combine natural and artificial systems? This research delves into these questions to figure out which design principles work in terms of kinematic performance and energy consumption. I define metrics that are adaptable to both natural swimmers, like fish, and engineered systems like propeller driven and bio-inspired autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). Using these metrics, I want to answer the question of which designs perform the best and which characteristics of natural systems should be used to make the best performing AUV.


Michael Coe

Supervisor: Associate Prof Stefanie Gutschmidt