This project aims to study the use of Variable Stiffness Actuators (VSA) embedded in aquatic propulsors to ensure persistent operation at maximum propulsive efficiency. In particular, aquatic propulsors using pulsed-jet propulsion inspired by squids, octopuses and jellyfishes are considered . The interconnections between added-mass, frequency of actuation and vortex rings are studied as well as their impacts on the efficiency of the propulsors.
After graduating from the University of Technology of Compiegne in Mechanical Engineering (MEng) in 2018, I worked as an R&D engineer for 2 years in Corwave, a company that develops pulsatile cardiovascular assistive devices. There, I designed an electromagnetic actuator for a minimally invasive pump, worked on the assembly processes of a fully invasive pump and worked on developing new concepts and prototypes of disruptive blood pumps. In particular, I gained experience in pulsatile devices which led me to this PhD.