Fluid Flows in Nature


JA Schetz

Course Description

Course designed to build upon and broaden a basic traditional engineering knowledge of fluid flows into areas concerning a variety of natural occurrences and phenomena that involve fluid motions in important ways. Drag of sessil systems and motile animals, gliding and soaring, flying and swimming, internal flows in organisms, low Reynolds number flows, fluid-fluid interfaces, unsteady flows in nature and wind engineering.


Mechanics Animal Locomotion

J Socha

The mechanical and biological principles of animal locomotion. Compartative examples from locomotor modes including walking, running, jumping, climbing, burrowing, and crawling used to extract general principles underlying kinematics, dynamics, energetics, and control. Terrestrial locomotion-based bio-inspired design.


Bio-Inspired Technology

R Mueller

Introduction to engineering solutions inspiried by the functional mechanisms of biological systems. An overview of bio-inspired technology and the state of the art. Expolarion of the relationship between engineered and natural biological systems. Concepts of biological systems, such as evolutionary optimization, sensing, actuation, control, system integration, assembly, and materials in engineering terms. State-of-the art of bio-inspired technology. Interdisciplinary analysis skills are practiced in projects where man-made and biological systems are evaluated for parallels and the technological potential of the biological systems. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing required.


Advanced Micro/Nano-Robotics

B Behkam

Overview of micro/nano-robotic systems, physics of reduced length scales (scaling effects in the physical parameters, surface forces, contact mechanics, and micro/nano-scale dynamical phenomena), basics of micro/nano manufacturing, microfabrication and soft lithography, biomimetic design strategies for mobile micro-robots, principle of transduction, material properties and characteristics of micro/nano-actuators (piezoelectric, shape memory alloy, and a variety of MEMS and polymer actuators), control requirements and challenges of micro/nano-actuators, micro/nano sensors for mobile microrobotic applications, micro/nano-manipulation (scanning probe microscopy, operation principles, designing experiments for nanoscale mechanical characterization of desired samples). Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing required


Biomimetic Material Design

EJ Foster

The application of the structure property relationships in biological materials such as wood, bone, shells, spider silk, connective tissue, blood vessels, and jellyfish as a means to design new materials. Proteins and polysaccharides, biosynthesis and assembly, biomineralization, hierarchical organization. Introduction to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Life cycle, environmental aspects of biofabrication. Structural characterization of biological materials. Graduate standing required.

That mortal man should feed upon the creature that feeds his lamp, and, like Stubb, eat him by his own light, as you may say; this seems so outlandish a thing that one must needs go a little into the history and philosophy of it.

It is upon record, that three centuries ago the tongue of the Right Whale was esteemed a great delicacy in France, and commanded large prices there. Also, that in Henry VIIIth’s time, a certain cook of the court obtained a handsome reward for inventing an admirable sauce to be eaten with barbacued porpoises, which, you remember, are a species of whale. Porpoises, indeed, are to this day considered fine eating. The meat is made into balls about the size of billiard balls, and being well seasoned and spiced might be taken for turtle-balls or veal balls. The old monks of Dunfermline were very fond of them. They had a great porpoise grant from the crown.

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