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Title: Agile 3D-Navigation of a Helical Magnetic Swimmer
Rotating miniature magnetic swimmers are de-vices that could navigate within the bloodstream to access remote locations of the body and perform minimally invasive procedures. The rotational movement could be used, for example, to abrade a pulmonary embolus. Some regions, such as the heart, are challenging to navigate. Cardiac and respiratory motions of the heart combined with a fast and variable blood flow necessitate a highly agile swimmer. This swimmer should minimize contact with the walls of the blood vessels and the cardiac structures to mitigate the risk of complications. This paper presents experimental tests of a millimeter-scale magnetic helical swimmer navigating in a blood-mimicking solution and describes its turning capabilities. The step-out frequency and the position error were measured for different values of turn radius. The paper also introduces rapid movements that increase the swimmer's agility and demonstrates these experimentally on a complex 3D trajectory.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1553063 1646566 1932572
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Journal Name:
2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
Page Range / eLocation ID:
7638 to 7644
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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