Development of soft robotics could hinge on clusters of levitating particles

The Engineer | March 06, 2019

The research team, from Bath University and the University of Chicago, used sound waves to levitate polyethylene particles of around 1mm in diameter to see how they interact with each other in 2D in groups of six or seven. When there are five particles, or fewer, the particles cluster in only one configuration.  When there are at least six particles, there are several different shapes they could assemble into.
By levitating the particles and using high-speed cameras the researchers were able to capture these various configurations. They found that groups of six particles can form a parallelogram, chevron, and triangle shapes. Adding one more particle meant that particles clustered together in one of four shapes, each resembling a flower, a turtle, a tree, or a boat.

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