Electric current reduces friction: common earthworm
Skin of earthworms repels soil adhesion with a thin water film, created by electro-osmotic flow.
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[night crawler, dew worm, lob worm]
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Allow dirt movers to unload soil. Collect water from soil through micro electro osmotic flow. Aerate compacted soils. Utilizing earthworms as bioindicators of environmental pollution. Application to fluidic hydraulic and pneumatic systems, including automotive automatic transmissions and fluidic injection for thrust vectoring in aircraft jet engines. Fluidic triode amplification devices that use a fluid to convey signals. The applied thermofluids and modelling is a fundamental area of research in energy technology including efficient use of energy in building and the development of renewable and sustainable technology. The biomimetic approach could help to find solutions from nature to improve energy and resource efficiency and provide appropriate models for developing sustainable energy systems.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Construction, water collection, soil repair and maintenance, waste management, fluidic hydraulic and pneumatic systems, nanotechnology, fluidic amplifier systems in electronics, electroosmosis effects and electroosmotical driven flow, anti-soil adhesionSoil-moving equipment - Anti-adhering equipment surfaces
School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham