Application search in solution-driven biologically inspired design

Torben Anker Lenau*

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    In solution-driven BID (sol-BID) a challenge is to identify suited applications that will benefit from the solutions principles found in nature. A well-known example of sol-BID is the self-cleaning lotus plant, that has inspired lotus paint and other coating methods. However, sol-BID is often performed by biologists with insight into the biological strategy and organism and typically only little knowledge of technical applications and design methodology. Searching for applications is therefore a challenge to many. Sol-BID has many things in common with technical application search where new applications are sought for a specific production technology or another competence characterizing a company. Experiences from technical application search could therefore form a valuable input for how to perform sol-BID. The paper presents two case studies of application search and proposes a procedure to be used in solution driven BID.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
    EditorsSandro Wartzack, Benjamin Schleich
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Publication date2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19) - Delft, Netherlands
    Duration: 5 Aug 20198 Aug 2019


    Conference22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)
    SeriesProceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design

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    • Biologically inspired design
    • Bio-inspired design/biomimetics
    • Creativity
    • Conceptual design


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