Engineering Design of an Adaptive Leg Prosthesis Using Biological Principles

Torben Anker Lenau, Andy Dentel, Thorunn Invarsdottir, Tómas Vignir Guðlaugsson

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    The biomimetic design process is explored through a design case: An adaptive leg prosthesis. The aim is to investigate if the biomimetic design process can be carried out with a minimum of biological knowledge and without using advanced design methods. In the design case biomimetic design was successfully carried out using library search resulting in 14 biological analogies for the design problem 'shape adaption'. It is proposed that search results are handled using special cards describing the biological phenomena and the functional principles.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the DESIGN 2010 : 11th International Conference on Design
    Place of PublicationGlasgow
    PublisherDesign Society
    Publication date2010
    ISBN (Print)978-953-7738-07-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event11th International Design Conference - Cavtat-Dubrivnik, Croatia
    Duration: 17 May 201020 May 2010


    Conference11th International Design Conference
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    • Product design
    • Biomimetics
    • Design process


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