Towards a design process for computer-aided biomimetics

Kruiper, R., Vincent, J., Abraham, E., Soar, R.C. ORCID: 0000-0002-6523-5957, Konstas, I., Chen-Burger, J. and Desmulliez, M., 2018. Towards a design process for computer-aided biomimetics. Biomimetics, 3 (3): 14. ISSN 2313-7673

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Computer-Aided Biomimetics (CAB) tools aim to support the integration of relevant biological knowledge into biomimetic problem-solving processes. Specific steps of biomimetic processes that require support include the identification, selection and abstraction of relevant biological analogies. Existing CAB tools usually aim to support these steps by describing biological systems in terms of functions, although engineering functions do not map naturally to biological functions. Consequentially, the resulting static, functional view provides an incomplete understanding of biological processes, which are dynamic, cyclic and self-organizing. This paper proposes an alternative approach that revolves around the concept of trade-offs. The aim is to include the biological context, such as environmental characteristics, that may provide information crucial to the transfer of biological information to an engineering application. The proposed design process is exemplified by an illustrative case study.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Biomimetics
Creators: Kruiper, R., Vincent, J., Abraham, E., Soar, R.C., Konstas, I., Chen-Burger, J. and Desmulliez, M.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 2018
Volume: 3
Number: 3
ISSN: 2313-7673
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Rights: 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 26 Nov 2018 16:14
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2018 16:15

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