Steve Cho, Kevin Hu WF Green Research Proposal

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Biomimicry
Biomimicry
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a brief project overview
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Brief project overview
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- mimicking Hercules beetle to develop stronger machines capable of lifting and carrying more than current machines
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- mimicking the Hercules beetle to develop stronger machines capable of lifting and carrying heavier loads than current machines
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sufficient background information for everyone to understand your proposal
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Background information
- the Hercules beetle possesses exceptional strength, even for an insect
- the Hercules beetle possesses exceptional strength, even for an insect
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- can lift 100+ X bodyweight, can walk with something 40X bodyweight without expending much more energy
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- they can lift 100+ X bodyweight
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- compared to other insects, which are commonly known to be strong, Hercules beetle is still exceptional
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- able to walk with 40X bodyweight without expending much more energy than normal
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a statement of the research problem and goals
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Research problem and goals
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- current machines don’t even approach the strength of ants, much less the H beetle
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- current machines don’t even approach the strength of ants, much less the Hercules beetle
- obviously, the whole size-scale thing plays a role, but it is still worth looking into why the H beetle is much stronger than other similarly sized or even smaller insects
- obviously, the whole size-scale thing plays a role, but it is still worth looking into why the H beetle is much stronger than other similarly sized or even smaller insects
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- there must be something special about the way the H beetle is built that gives it its strength
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- there should be something special about the way the Hercules beetle is built that gives it its strength
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- utilizing this could lead to strong and more efficient machinery for humans
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- utilizing this could lead to stronger and more efficient machinery for humans, potentially with small-scale design and potential scaleup
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project details and methods
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Project details and methods
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- detailed full body scan of H beetle and then use computer simulations to find points of stress under various loads and how the beetle compensates for those stresses
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- detailed full body scan of Hercules beetle and then use computer simulations to find points of stress under various loads and how the beetle compensates for those stresses
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- take live specimens and observe them under real life loads
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- take live specimens and observe them under real life loads to verify simulations, potentially with mechano-sensing proteins
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- make machines based on what we find to replicate the strength and see how it compares to similar sized machines on traditional technology
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- make machines based on what we find to replicate the strength and see how they compare to similar sized machines based on traditional technology
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predicted outcomes if everything goes according to plan and if nothing does
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Predicted outcomes
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- if everything goes well: capable of large construction machines that can lift more than currently available
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- if everything goes well: capable of large construction machines that can lift significantly more than currently available, or manufacturing biomechanical limbs and armor suits capable of granting immense strength to wearers
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- better yet, could apply to make biomechanical limbs and armor suits capable of granting immense strength to wearers
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- if nothing does: need to come up with a different way to mimic these beetles because it is definitely worth pursuing
- if nothing does: need to come up with a different way to mimic these beetles because it is definitely worth pursuing
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- scanner machines, detailed observatory equipments
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- scanner machines, detailed observation equipment to identify the structure behind the Hercules beetle's function
- beetles
- beetles
- other insects and small-scale machines for comparison
- other insects and small-scale machines for comparison
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- powerful computers for in silico stress loading

Revision as of 16:34, 7 May 2013

Biomimicry

Brief project overview

- mimicking the Hercules beetle to develop stronger machines capable of lifting and carrying heavier loads than current machines


Background information

- the Hercules beetle possesses exceptional strength, even for an insect

- they can lift 100+ X bodyweight

- able to walk with 40X bodyweight without expending much more energy than normal


Research problem and goals

- current machines don’t even approach the strength of ants, much less the Hercules beetle

- obviously, the whole size-scale thing plays a role, but it is still worth looking into why the H beetle is much stronger than other similarly sized or even smaller insects

- there should be something special about the way the Hercules beetle is built that gives it its strength

- utilizing this could lead to stronger and more efficient machinery for humans, potentially with small-scale design and potential scaleup


Project details and methods

- detailed full body scan of Hercules beetle and then use computer simulations to find points of stress under various loads and how the beetle compensates for those stresses

- take live specimens and observe them under real life loads to verify simulations, potentially with mechano-sensing proteins

- make machines based on what we find to replicate the strength and see how they compare to similar sized machines based on traditional technology


Predicted outcomes

- if everything goes well: capable of large construction machines that can lift significantly more than currently available, or manufacturing biomechanical limbs and armor suits capable of granting immense strength to wearers

- if nothing does: need to come up with a different way to mimic these beetles because it is definitely worth pursuing


needed resources to complete the work


- scanner machines, detailed observation equipment to identify the structure behind the Hercules beetle's function

- beetles

- other insects and small-scale machines for comparison

- powerful computers for in silico stress loading

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