BIAG- Bio-inspired joint structures

Most classic engineering joints are based on friction-reducing principles. Several biological joints however are using a different approach. The skeletal structure of the starfish for example allows the organism to maintain a constant body position without the use of external energy. This is achieved by a fascinating combination of small "bone like" structures (ossicles) which are embedded in a unique collagenous matrix.

One of the main goals of the BMBF-funded BIAG project is the analysis, development and construction of such bio-inspired joint structures for aerospace applications.

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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