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Artificial Swimmer Powered by Cardiomyocytes

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Brian Williams, Sandeep Anand, Taher Saif

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Jagannathan Rajagopalan

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Paper No. SBC2013-14854, pp. V01AT07A027; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • Volume 1A: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms; Active and Reactive Soft Matter; Atherosclerosis; BioFluid Mechanics; Education; Biotransport Phenomena; Bone, Joint and Spine Mechanics; Brain Injury; Cardiac Mechanics; Cardiovascular Devices, Fluids and Imaging; Cartilage and Disc Mechanics; Cell and Tissue Engineering; Cerebral Aneurysms; Computational Biofluid Dynamics; Device Design, Human Dynamics, and Rehabilitation; Drug Delivery and Disease Treatment; Engineered Cellular Environments
  • Sunriver, Oregon, USA, June 26–29, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5560-7
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


We present, for the first time, a micro scale 1D swimmer powered by cardiamyocytes. It consists of a PDMS “flagella” with a head. Cardiomyocytes are plated near the head. Synchronized contraction of a small number of cells generates an elastic deformation wave in the flagella, which interacts with the fluid. Solid-fluid interaction results in a net propulsive force on the swimmer, which drives it through the fluid overcoming the drag.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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