Biomimetic Research for Architecture and Building by Jan Knippers, Klaus G. Nickel, Thomas Speck

By Jan Knippers, Klaus G. Nickel, Thomas Speck

This booklet includes a primary survey of the Collaborative learn heart SFB-TRR 141 ‘Biological layout and Integrative constructions – research, Simulation and Implementation in Architecture’, funded by way of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft when you consider that October 2014. The SFB-TRR 141 presents a collaborative framework for architects and engineers from the college of Stuttgart, biologists and physicists from the collage of Freiburg and geoscientists and evolutionary biologists from the collage of Tübingen. The programm is conceptualized as a discussion among the disciplines and relies at the trust that that biomimetic examine has the capability to guide every person concerned to new findings a ways past his person succeed in. over the last few many years, computational equipment were brought into all fields of technological know-how and know-how. In structure, they allow the geometric differentiation of creating parts and make allowance the fabrication of porous or fibre-based fabrics with in the neighborhood adjusted actual and chemical homes. contemporary advancements in simulation applied sciences specialise in multi-scale types and the interaction of mechanical phenomena at quite a few hierarchical degrees. within the average sciences, a large number of quantitative tools protecting assorted hierarchical degrees were brought. those advances in computational tools have opened a brand new period in biomimetics: neighborhood differentiation at a number of scales, the most function of usual structures, can for the 1st time not just be analysed, yet to a definite quantity even be transferred to development building. Computational methodologies permit the direct trade of knowledge among fields of technological know-how that, earlier, were broadly separated. hence they result in a brand new method of biomimetic learn, which, optimistically, contributes to a extra sustainable improvement in structure and construction building.

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Barthlott et al. Fig. 22 Superhydrophic hierarchical structures had evolved 430–500 Ma ago when life conquered land. The largest insect that ever existed provides evidence for this idea: Meganeura monyi with its light-weight wings of some 70 cm in diameter. This ancient giant dragonfly lived during the wet and moist Upper Carboniferous period and would not have survived without extremely water repellent (physically only possible by chemical hydrophobicity combined with hierarchical structuring) wings, like modern dragonfly species (Illustration adapted from Brongniart 1884) highly complex characters or organs such as the vertebrate eye have evolved.

33 Prototypes – the key to new technology. It seems not to have been reprinted and even electronic copies of the proceedings are not available. g. Müggenberg 2011, 2014). The contributions are dominated by electronic and cybernetic themes. From a scientific point of view, the report is of limited interest for bionics today. Apart from the biophysicist Otto H. Schmitt, no single renowned biologist attended the Dayton meeting. There was little interest in a dialogue with biologists, as reflected in McCulloch’s contribution to the discussion (Robinette 1961, p.

He constructed an electrochemical battery: multiple copper and zinc plates separated by brine-soaked paper disks. A steady current could be produced: the “Volta Pile” was demonstrated to the Royal Society in London in 1800 (Volta 1800). The entire nineteenth century electrical industry was powered by batteries based on Volta’s concept (Pancaldi 2003) until the invention of the dynamo in the 1870s. Volta (1800) and his living prototype Torpedo is the fundamental historical key event of biomimetics.

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