SUVA - Arthropod-inspired protective structures

A weak spot in many protective structures, such as ortheses and prothesis, are the connective elements. In addition, deflection and movement of the structures often lead to unwanted wrinkles and creases, which affect functionality and comfort.

In this BMBF-funded project we analyse exoskeletal joint structures found in arthropods and develop bio-inspired concepts to improve protective exoskeletal structures.

This project is a collaboration with Fraunhofer IPA (Stuttgart), the University of Stuttgart, Ortema GmbH and DOI GmbH.

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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