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Biomimetics: determining engineering opportunities from nature
Author(s): Frank E. Fish
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Paper Abstract

The biomimetic approach seeks to incorporate designs based on biological organisms into engineered technologies. Biomimetics can be used to engineer machines that emulate the performance of organisms, particularly in instances where the organism's performance exceeds current mechanical technology or provides new directions to solve existing problems. For biologists, an adaptationist program has allowed for the identification of novel features of organisms based on engineering principles; whereas for engineers, identification of such novel features is necessary to exploit them for biomimetic development. Adaptations (leading edge tubercles to passively modify flow and high efficiency oscillatory propulsive systems) from marine animals demonstrate potential utility in the development of biomimetic products. Nature retains a store of untouched knowledge, which would be beneficial in advancing technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7401, Biomimetics and Bioinspiration, 740109 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824106
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Frank E. Fish, West Chester Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7401:
Biomimetics and Bioinspiration
Raul J. Martin-Palma; Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Editor(s)

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