This paper presents vibration analysis and structural optimization of a self-assembled structure for swimming. The third mode shape of the structure in the longitudinal direction resembles the body waveform of a swimming eel fish. At the final destination, the box self-assembles using shape memory alloys. MFCs (Piezoelectric Micro Fiber Composites) are actuated at the fundamental natural frequency of the structure. This excites the primary mode of resonance. We optimize the thickness of the panels and the stiffness of the joints to most efficiently generate the swimming waveforms that resembles the body waveform of eel. Traveling wave is generated using two piezoelectric batches actuators bonded on the first and fourth segments of the beams in the longitudinal direction. Excitation of the piezoelectrics results in coupled system dynamics equations that can be translated into generation of waves. Theoretical analysis based on the distributed parameter model was conducted in this paper.
A scalar measure of the traveling to standing wave ratio was created using 2-dimensional Fourier Transform of the wave form. The results then were compared to common method in the literature for assessment of standing to traveling wave ratio.