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26 March 2015 Effects of contact cap dimension on dry adhesion of bioinspired mushroom-shaped surfaces
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Dry adhesion observed in small creatures, such as spiders, insects, and geckos, has many great advantages such as repeatability and strong adhesiveness. In order to mimic these unique performances, fibrillar surface with a mushroom shaped end has drawn lots of attentions because of its advantage in efficiently enhancing adhesion compared with other sphere or simple flat ends. Here, in order to study the effects of contact cap dimension on adhesion strength, patterned surfaces of mushroom-shaped micropillars with differing cap diameters are fabricated based on the conventional photolithography and molding. The normal adhesion strength of these dry adhesives with varying cap diameters is measured with home-built equipment. The strength increases with the rise of cap diameter, and interestingly it becomes strongest when the mushroom caps join together.
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Yue Wang, Jinyou Shao, Yucheng Ding, Xiangming Li, Hongmiao Tian, and Hong Hu "Effects of contact cap dimension on dry adhesion of bioinspired mushroom-shaped surfaces", Proc. SPIE 9429, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015, 94291E (26 March 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2084030
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