Complex Rheology and Biomechanics Lab (CRAB LAB) Publications


Our research addresses problems in nonequilibrium systems that involve interaction of physical and biological matter with complex materials (like granular media) that typically flow when stressed. For example, how do organisms like lizards, crabs, and cockroaches generate appropropriate musculoskeletal dynamics to scurry rapidly over substrates like sand, bark, leaves, and grass.

The study of novel biological and physical interactions with complex media can also lead to the discovery of principles that govern the physics of the media. Our approach is to integrate laboratory and field studies of organism biomechanics with systematic laboratory studies of physics of the substrates, as well as to create mathematical and physical (robot) models of both organism and substrate.

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