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Bio-inspired design to support reduced energy consumption via the ‘light weighting’ of machine system elements

Bukner, Sven; Dialami, Farid; Ding, Lian; Matthews, Jason

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Authors

Sven Bukner

Farid Dialami

Lian Ding



Abstract

A potential technique to reduce the energy required to actuate moving parts in a machine is to reduce their mass. This paper presents initial research attempting to answer this question for robotic arm application using a biologically inspired approach. Investigation identified some potential biological solutions for tubular structures. From analysis of the properties of these biological models, the physical principles were deduced and abstracted into computer-aided design models for testing using finite element analysis. Three of the best performing design solutions were manufactured and physically tested. Findings showed that the biomimetic structures reached at least the same efficiency of conventional tubular structures regarding the ratio of maximum load and weight.

Citation

Bukner, S., Dialami, F., Ding, L., & Matthews, J. (2015). Bio-inspired design to support reduced energy consumption via the ‘light weighting’ of machine system elements. https://doi.org/10.7763/IJMO.2015.V5.441

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2015
Deposit Date Nov 19, 2014
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2016
Journal International Journal of Modeling and Optimization
Print ISSN 2010-3697
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 82-89
DOI https://doi.org/10.7763/IJMO.2015.V5.441
Keywords biomimetics, lightweight design, bio-inspired structures, reduced energy consumption
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/838805
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.7763/IJMO.2015.V5.441
Additional Information Additional Information : Published in the International Journal of Modeling and Optimization (ISSN 2010-3697)

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