400 pages, 200 b/w illustrations
Ocean organisms employ engineering strategies which enable them to maintain life functions such as buoyancy and locomotion in a growing, self repairing body. Biomimetics and Ocean Organisms explores the possibilities of using these engineering feats in the human world. Each chapter presents a particular engineering problem and then looks to the organisms of the ocean for solutions. Biomimetics and Ocean Organisms offers case studies that demonstrate how natural solutions can be applied to some specific engineering challenges, both terrestrial and oceanic. The text encourages engineers to explore new ideas, rather than mimic them.
- Natural vs. Engineered Materials
- Body Morphing
- Adhesion and Fixation
- Moving a Fluid
- Adapting to Ambient (or Physical) Conditions
- Body Stiffness
- Sensing and Control
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lain Anderson completed his PhD (Engineering Science, University of Auckland) in 1996. He is currently a Principal Investigator with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute where he manages the Biomimetics Laboratory and a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland.
Julian Vincent, Ph.D., DSc, FRES, CEng, FlMechE is a biologist, Professor of Biomimetics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath and the Director of the Centre for Biomimetic and Natural Technologies.