Creating Bio-inspired Solution Ideas Using Biological Research Articles

Part of the Creativity in the Twenty First Century book series (CTFC)


What gives you the idea of scrutinizing leaf beetle legs when conceptualizing car tires? Questions like this are approached by a number of methods and tools developed to support the creation of solution ideas for technical problems based on biological inspiration. BIOscrabble, the approach applied here, supports drawing such inspiration from biological research articles. Due to their huge variety and novelty, these articles are expected to have a strong potential for inspiring bio-inspired technical solutions and are assumed to enhance creative thinking during solution search in bio-inspired design by the authors. This work shows that mechanical engineers lacking a biological background are able to creatively use biological research articles for the development of bio-inspired solution ideas. Moreover, during solution search in bio-inspired design, these articles are beneficial in terms of offering additional stimulation for creativity when compared to one of the most relevant bio-inspired design databases.


Creative Thinking Solution Idea Spider Silk Solution Search Biological Background 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Product Development, Mechanical EngineeringTechnische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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