An Approach to Transfer Biological Solutions Based on the Interaction of Mechanisms to Technical Products

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Marcel Bartz (1), Eike Uttich (2), Kristina Wanieck (3), Beate Bender (2), Sandro Wartzack (1)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; 2: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany; 3: Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany
Section: Human Behaviour and Design Creativity
Page(s): 831-840
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Biological solutions are often used for developing technically innovative products in a biomimetic process. However, biological solutions do not always make it into a successful technical product, e.g. due to a lack of knowledge on the mechanisms of action. A new approach is presented for transferring biological solutions based on complex mechanisms of action. It is based on mathematical optimization methods and applied to the lightweight design of the musculoskeletal system. Finally, first technical implementations in the field of robotics, among others, will be presented.

Keywords: biomimicry (biomimetics), biologically inspired design, topological optimisation, lightweight design

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