Engineering biomimetic hair bundle sensors for underwater sensing applications
Kottapalli, Ajay Giri Prakash
Karavitaki, K. Domenica
Warkiani, Majid Ebrahimi
Corey, David P.
Date of Issue2018
TO THE EAR AND BACK AGAIN - ADVANCES IN AUDITORY BIOPHYSICS: Proceedings of the 13th Mechanics of Hearing Workshop
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
We present the fabrication of an artificial MEMS hair bundle sensor designed to approximate the structural and functional principles of the flow-sensing bundles found in fish neuromast hair cells. The sensor consists of micro-pillars of graded height connected with piezoelectric nanofiber “tip-links” and encapsulated by a hydrogel cupula-like structure. Fluid drag force actuates the hydrogel cupula and deflects the micro-pillar bundle, stretching the nanofibers and generating electric charges. These biomimetic sensors achieve an ultrahigh sensitivity of 0.286 mV/(mm/s) and an extremely low threshold detection limit of 8.24 µm/s. A complete version of this paper has been published .
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