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Biomimetics: the Nature as a Source of Inspiration for A350 XWB Design.

Biomimetics: the Nature as a Source of Inspiration for A350 XWB Design. | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
"[...] In a macroscopic axis, the A350 XWB considers the actively deformation of the surfaces to provide the best aerodynamic performance and control of load for each flight conditions; takeoff, climb, cruise, approach, landing, maneuver, turbulence-encounters, etc. This is what birds, fish and marine mammals perform beautifully, called "morphing".  The idea is to move from a 'rigid' world to flexibility and adaptation technologies."
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Marcelo Errera's curator insight, July 10, 2015 10:42 AM

The design evolution process never ends. There are some robust associations between features that guide the designs which live longer. 

 

In other words, the best design today will eventually be replaced by tomorrow's  best of "de jour".

 

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'Eagle Claw' Drone Picks Up Payloads Like A Bird Of Prey

'Eagle Claw' Drone Picks Up Payloads Like A Bird Of Prey | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Four engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have equipped a drone with a…claw. In a video posted to YouTube in February, they show a drone swooping down and grasping things at high speed, like a predatory eagle.
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Eagle's Wings Inspire More Fuel Efficient Planes

Eagle's Wings Inspire More Fuel Efficient Planes | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"[...] The wing tips of steppe eagles are an ideal shape to maximize lift with a minimal wingspan. The curvature at the end of the wing reduces drag. Engineers designing the A380 copied that design, resulting in fuel savings of up to 3%, depending on if it is a long or short distance flight."

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