Material innovation – inspired by nature

Torben Anker Lenau (Invited author), Michael Barfoed (Invited author)

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    This paper is about biomimetics which also is called biomimicry or bionics. Biomimetics means “copying nature” and during time many examples of successful copying has been seen. However there are at least 2 significant difficulties in learning and copying from nature. The first difficulty is about the complexity of nature and the many fantastic solutions we find here. It is often easy to recognise the splendour of a biological solution, but it can be much more difficult to understand the underlying mechanisms. As an example of this a case about optical properties in beetle shells will be described. The second difficulty lies in finding the biological solution that mach a given problem. A methodology that copes with this difficulty by using biological search will be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDansk Metallurgisk Selskab : Vintermødet 2007, Middelfart
    Number of pages147
    Place of PublicationLyngby
    PublisherDTU, Institut for Produktion og Ledelse
    Publication date2007
    ISBN (Print)87-87535-37-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventDansk Metallurgisk Selskab Vintermøde 2007 - Byggecentrum Middelfart, Middelfart, Denmark
    Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …


    ConferenceDansk Metallurgisk Selskab Vintermøde 2007
    LocationByggecentrum Middelfart
    Period01/01/2007 → …


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