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Paradigm for design of biomimetic adaptive structures
Author(s): Carolyn Dry
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Paper Abstract

Nature builds by 1) using local, available materials which 2) self-ordering or growing by attributes shared between material and environment; 3) repairing themselves, 4) sensing and adapting to changes in environment; 5) disintegrating, recycling back into the material sink; and 6) sometimes enhancing the shared environment. The author has invented and developed materials for all parts of the paradigm either individually or in tandem. Application of these rules in funded research projects described herein are: 1) in-situ adaptive ports in ocean made from chemicals in seawater based on bio-mimicking the human body 2) self-repairing, self-sensing concrete 3) self repairing polymer composites 4) bone-mimicry material self-formation to achieve a cement/polymer composite 5) fly ash building materials sequestering heavy metals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9429, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015, 942907 (26 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083935
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Carolyn Dry, Natural Process Design, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9429:
Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015
Akhlesh Lakhtakia; Mato Knez; Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Editor(s)

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