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Additive Manufacturing for the Validation of Biomimetic Design Principles: The Structural Mechanics of Insect Nests

This research is attempting to prove that a comparative study of insect nests (geometry, materials of construction and environmental conditions experienced) can yield design principles leading to breakthrough reductions in the weight of engineering honeycombs as well as advances towards key mechanical properties. Researchers will be collecting natural specimens and using optical inspection equipment to measure geometric characteristics. Once geometric characteristics have been cataloged, parallels will be drawn to known mechanical properties that the insect nests undergo. Once these parallels have been drawn; cad models must be created, printed via additive manufacturing, and undergo mechanical testing to validate these claims.

Symposium Participant

Derek Goss

Project Details

Symposium Date: Fall 2018

Research Theme: Sustainability

Presentation Type: FURI

Faculty Mentors

  • Dhruv Bhate