Characteristics of water strider legs in hydrodynamic situations

Pal Jen Wei, Yan Xing Shen, Jen Fin Lin

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This study investigated the forces and the cross-section images of a water strider's leg through experimental observations. In the vertical direction, the spring coefficients were found to be 0.6 N/m for the leg and 0.3 N/m for the water, which provide a water-treading stiffness of 0.2 N/m. In the horizontal directions, besides the alignment of the microsetae, the large cuticle forces were also related to the resistant side in a Wenzel state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7006-7009
Number of pages4
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun 16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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