Introduction to Bio-Inspired Engineering

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Synopsis:

The primary purpose of this course is to inform engineers and other technical professional in the use of bio-inspired engineering (BiE) to expand the design space of possible solutions to technical problems. We do that by first understanding how nature solves problems. Then, and at least as important, is learning how to translate biological knowledge into engineering practice. Even though the domain of biology is vast and new discoveries occur daily, much is known about biological solutions. Turning this knowledge into technical solutions is the challenge we face – it is also the focus of considerable attention in modern BiE, and hence this course as well.

Key Topics:

  • A general overview of the relationship between living systems and engineering, and how biosystems can and do influence engineering design, from structural materials to systems engineering to the nature of design itself.
  • Applications of bio-systems to optimal design in engineering.
  • Structures and materials in nature
  • Special emphasis on compliant and smart structures
  • The bio-inspired engineering process

Who Should Attend:

This course will be of interest to aerospace and mechanical engineers, material scientists, project managers, and mission planners involved in aerospace technology.

Course Information:

Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Level: Intermediate


Course scheduling available in the following formats:


  • Course at Conference
  • On-site Course
  • Stand-alone/Public Course

Course Length: 1.5-2 days
AIAA CEU's available: yes

Outline

Course Outline:


I. Introduction
A. A Classic Story of Bio-Inspired Engineering
B. Bio-Inspired Engineering Defined
C. BiE Yesterday and Today
D. Biology vs Engineering

II. Design
A. Introduction
B. Engineering Design
C. Design in Nature

III. Structures and Materials in Engineering
A. Overview of Structures
B. Application to Engineering Structures
C. Constitutive Models

IV. Structures and Materials in Nature
A. Configuration in Nature
B. Shape and Structure in Nature
C. Natural Materials

V. Compliant Structures
A. The Compliant Paradigm in Nature
B. Examples of Compliant Structures in Nature and Engineering
C. Compliant Structure Response

VI. Smart Engineering Structures
A. Introduction
B. Biological Smartness
C. The Biological Neuron
D. Self-Healing in Biology and Engineering

VII. The Bio-Inspired Engineering Design Process
A. Forward and Reverse Design Redux
B. Resources for Bio-Inspired Engineering
C. Reverse Design for Bio-Inspired Engineering

 

 

 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
      1.1 A Classic Story of Bio-Inspired Engineering
      1.2 Bio-Inspired Engineering Defined
      1.3 BiE Yesterday and Today
      1.4 Biology vs Engineering


  2. Design
      2.1 Introduction
      2.2 Engineering Design
      2.3 Design in Nature


  3. Structures and Materials in Engineering
      3.1 Overview of Structures
      3.2 Application to Engineering Structures
      3.3 Constitutive Models


  4. Structures and Materials in Engineering
      4.1 Configuration in Nature
      4.2 Shape and Structure in Nature
      4.3 Natural Materials


  5. Compliant Structures
      5.1 The Compliant Paradigm in Nature
      5.2 Examples of Compliant Structures in Nature and Engineering
      5.3 Compliant Structure Response


  6. Smart Engineering Structures
      6.1 Introduction
      6.2 Biological Smartness
      6.3 The Biological Neuron
      6.4 Self-Healing in Biology and Engineering


  7. The Bio-Inspired Engineering Design Process
      7.1 Forward and Reverse Design Redux
      7.2 Resources for Bio-Inspired Engineering
      7.3 Reverse Design for Bio-Inspired Engineering


Materials

Since course notes will not be distributed on site, AIAA and your course instructor highly recommend that you bring your computer with the course notes already downloaded to the course. Once you have registered for the course, these course notes are available about two weeks prior to the course event, and remain available to you in perpetuity.

Course Recommended Reading:
Book Name: "Bio-Inspired Engineering" 2011
Author: C.H. Jenkins
Publisher: Momentum Press

Instructors

Course Instructor:


Dr. Christopher Jenkins, PhD, PE is Head of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Montana State University. He teaches and conducts research in the areas of compliant structures, gossamer spacecraft, and bio-inspired engineering. He has co-authored over 190 technical publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Jenkins has edited several research monographs and published two textbooks, including the new Bio-Inspired Engineering. An Associate Fellow of AIAA, he has taught the popular Gossamer Spacecraft professional development course.