Evolution of Lightweight Structures

Analyses and Technical Applications

  • Christian Hamm

Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Andrew H. Knoll, Benjamin Kotrc
    Pages 1-16
  3. Benjamin Kotrc, Andrew H. Knoll
    Pages 17-37
  4. H. Ehrlich, A. Witkowski
    Pages 39-58
  5. James H. Nebelsick, Janina F. Dynowski, Jan Nils Grossmann, Christian Tötzke
    Pages 141-155
  6. Inga C. Keutmann, Björn Melzer, Robin Seidel, Ralf Thomann, Thomas Speck
    Pages 157-169
  7. Inga C. Keutmann, Björn Melzer, Robin Seidel, Ralf Thomann, Thomas Speck
    Pages 171-182
  8. christian Hamm, Daniel Siegel, Nils Niebuhr, Piotr Jurkojc, Rene von der Hellen
    Pages 195-206

About this book


This volume contains studies on the evolution and function of lightweight constructions of planktonic and other organisms, and examples of how they can be used to create new solutions for radical innovations of lightweight constructions for technological application.


The principles and underlying processes responsible for evolution and biodiversity

of marine plankton organisms are highly relevant and largely unresolved issues in

the field of marine science. Amongst the most promising objects for the study of

evolution of stable lightweight constructions are marine organisms such as

diatoms or radiolarians. Research in these fields requires interdisciplinary expertises such as in evolutionary modelling, paleontology, lightweight optimization, functional morphology, and marine ecology. 


Considerable effort and expert knowledge in production engineering or lightweight optimization is necessary to transfer knowledge on biogenic structures and evolutionary principles into new lightweight solutions. This book show methods and examples of how this can be achieved efficiently.


Architecture Biomimetics Lightweight constructions Planktonic organisms Technology transfer

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian Hamm
    • 1
  1. 1.Functional Morphology, Evolution and LigAlfred Wegener Institut Helmholtz ZentruBremerhaveGermany

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