From cuticle biomechanics to bio-inspired composite materials

Some of the main questions we are currently addressing include:

Ultrastructure of insect cuticle

The fascinating material properties of cuticle are determined by its ultrastructure.

Functional correlation in exoskeletons

The biological concept of exoskeletons is an evolutionary story of success.

Numerical simulation of exoskeletons

Numerical simulations of cuticle exoskeletons can help to understand fundamental principles.

Bio-inspired underwater vehicle

We have developed SAUV, a biologically inspired compliant encasing for an underwater vehicle.

BIAG - Bio-inspired joint systems

We are developing a new type of starfish-inspired joint-systems for special use in aerospace industry

SUVA - Arthropod-inspired protective structures

 Exoskeletal structures of Arthropods can inspire the design of new protective structures

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© Prof. Dr. Jan-Henning Dirks - Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences. Several images with kind permission by Jonas Ginter/Innowi GmbH