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Wood wasp inspired space and earth drill

Gouache, Thibault and Gao, Yang and Gourinat, Yves and Coste, Pierre Wood wasp inspired space and earth drill. (2010) In: Biomimetics Learning from Nature. InTech - Open Access Publisher, Rijeka, Croatia, 467-486. ISBN 9789533070254

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In this chapter, we explain why the low gravity encountered on Mars or on the Moon and the low mass of the probes, landers and rovers that carry drilling devices limit classical drilling techniques. Novel boring solutions optimised in mass and power consumption are thus needed for space applications. Biologists have identified the wood wasp, an insect that is capable of "drilling" into wood to lay its eggs. A low mass and low power system, like an insect, capable of drilling into wood is of the highest interest for planetary drilling and terrestrial drilling alike. The general working principle of the wood wasp drill ("dual reciprocating drilling") will be exposed and the potential benefits of imitating the wood wasp for planetary drilling will be highlighted. Since the nature of wood is highly fibrous but the nature of extraterrestrial and terrestrial soils are not, it is necessary to adapt the wood wasp ovipositor to our target soils. A test bench to evaluate the influence of the different geometries and operational parameters was produced and is presented here. The dual reciprocating drilling experimental results obtained on this test bench are also highlighted. They should lead to a new and enhanced model and comprehension of dual-reciprocating-drilling.

Item Type:Book Section
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux - IMT Mines Albi (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > ESA - ESTEC (NETHERLANDS)
Other partners > Surrey Space Centre (UNITED KINGDOM)
Laboratory name:
Institut Clément Ader - ICA (Toulouse, France) - Modélisation des Systèmes et Microsystèmes Mécaniques - Comportement dynamique des structures
Deposited On:18 Feb 2011 13:54

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