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.
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Williams, B, Anand, S, Rajagopalan, J, & Saif, T. "Artificial Swimmer Powered by Cardiomyocytes." Proceedings of the 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. V01AT07A027. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/SBC2013-14854
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