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Biomimicry
 
Biomimicry
  
a brief project overview
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Brief project overview
  
- 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
  
  
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
  
- 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
  
- 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
  
  
a statement of the research problem and goals
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Research problem and goals
  
- 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
  
- 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
  
- 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
  
  
project details and methods
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Project details and methods
  
- 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
  
- 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
  
- 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
  
  
predicted outcomes if everything goes according to plan and if nothing does
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Predicted outcomes
  
- 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
 
 
- better yet, could apply to make 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
 
- 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 13:34, 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