29 Apr '14, 4pm

Form & perfection. Learn how #bionics bases technological applications on natural phenomena: | htt…

Form & perfection. Learn how #bionics bases technological applications on natural phenomena: | htt…

Just how efficiently nature optimizes certain shapes via the process of evolution is clearly illustrated by a wind tunnel experiment conducted by Mercedes-Benz engineers: an anatomically accurate model of the boxfish recorded a drag coefficient of just 0.06. “Mother Nature has had millions of years to hone her designs,” is how Werner Nachtigall explains these near-perfect aerodynamics. Nachtigall is one of the world’s most renowned bionics pioneers. For over 50 years, the retired professor has been researching how and what technology can glean from biology. Through experimentation, mistakes and natural selection, forms of life emerge with characteristics that are often astounding. But the field of bionics isn’t about simply aping nature in all its detail. The key is staying faithful to the overarching principle.

Full article: http://www5.mercedes-benz.com/en/design/the-perfect-shape...

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