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Prof. Adrian Olaru
University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
I'm happy to take on the position of editor in chief of IJMO. It's a journal that shows promise of becoming a recognized journal in the area of modelling and optimization. I'll work together with the editors to help it progress.
IJMO 2015 Vol.5(1): 82-89 ISSN: 2010-3697
DOI: 10.7763/IJMO.2015.V5.441

Bio-inspired Design to Support Reduced Energy Consumption Via the ‘Light Weighting’ of Machine System Elements

Bukner Sven, Dialami Farid, Ding Lian, and Matthews Jason
Abstract—A potential technique to reduce the energy required to actuate moving parts in a machine is to reduce their mass. This paper presents initial research attempting to answer this question for robotic arm application using a biologically inspired approach. Investigation identified some potential biological solutions for tubular structures. From analysis of the properties of these biological models, the physical principles were deduced and abstracted into computer-aided design models for testing using finite element analysis. Three of the best performing design solutions were manufactured and physically tested. Findings showed that the biomimetic structures reached at least the same efficiency of conventional tubular structures regarding the ratio of maximum load and weight.

Index Terms—Biomimetics, lightweight design, bio-inspired structures, reduced energy consumption.

S. Burkner, J. Matthews, L. Ding are with University of South Wales. Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom, CF37 1DL, United Kingdom (e-mail: 12018406@students.southwales.ac.uk, jason.matthews@southwales.ac.uk, lding@southwales.ac.uk).
F. Dialami is with University of the West of England Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY United Kingdom (e-mail: farid.dialami@ UWE.ac.uk).


Cite: Bukner Sven, Dialami Farid, Ding Lian, and Matthews Jason, "Bio-inspired Design to Support Reduced Energy Consumption Via the ‘Light Weighting’ of Machine System Elements," International Journal of Modeling and Optimization vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 82-89, 2015.

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