Composite Design through Biomimetic Inspirations
Biomimetics is a developing research field where principles of mechanics are used to both study existing natural systems and also design new systems incorporating the desirable attributes. In the current study, examples from nature that could be applied to design new composite materials and structures are presented. Mechanical characterization of bio materials such as Bivalves, bone and keratin were undertaken to understand the role of micro structure in determining the functionality of these bio-composites. Selected results such as failure in multilayered structures, fracture properties in natural FGMs and functional attributes of layering will be discussed. Special attention provided to rational decision making in terms of choice of the materials and methods will also be presented.
KeywordsFoam Brittle Compaction Chitin Bivalve
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