Bio-Inspired Engineering

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Momentum Press, Dec 5, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 156 pages
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More and more, the patterns and scientific principles of natural living systems are being mimicked and exploited in man-made engineered systems and products. That trend is now starting to appear in the curricula design of engineering schools. This will be the first broad-based introduction to the influence of nature and biological systems in how things are designed and made, from new design paradigms and structural systems to "self-healing materials" and "smart" systems and robotics. Presented as a traditional textbook, with accompanying Solutions and Instructor's Manuals, it will offer both students and professionals new to the subject a window into the new world of engineering. The reader will find: * A general overview of the relationship between living systems and engineering and how biosystems can and do affect engineering design, from structural materials to thermal-fluid behavior to systems engineering * Applications of bio-systems to robotics and biomedical engineering. * End of chapter problems and exercises to reinforce design concepts and expand understanding.
 

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Contents

List of Color Plates
List of Figures
Preface
CHAPTER 1
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
xxix
CHAPTER 4
3-32
CHAPTER 5
3-87
CHAPTER 7
5-57
APPENDIX 1
5-78
APPENDIX 2
1
APPENDIX 3
4
APPENDIX 4
9
APPENDIX 5
12
Figure Attributions
16
Index
25

CHAPTER 6
5-39

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