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Big Idea, Small Compressor: Silent Fan Inspired by Nature

Big Idea, Small Compressor: Silent Fan Inspired by Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Low noise levels are important in industries where the user can benefit from having the air compressor within close proximity to the work station, such as in the woodworking or automotive industry. The GA VSD+ uses a technologically advanced fan to help achieve noise levels low enough for a normal conversation to be held while the machine is running. The fan blade utilizes a design with a serrated edge that is inspired by the aerodynamic and mostly silent wings of an owl. With an aerodynamic design, the fan needs less energy to cleave through the air, making it more energy efficient."

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5 Natural Air-Conditioning Designs Inspired by Nature

5 Natural Air-Conditioning Designs Inspired by Nature | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"With heat waves gripping much of the planet, electricity grid operators are sweating even more than their customers. Air-conditioning uses a tremendous amount of energy, but a new group of designers think they can solve the problem by mimicking Mother Nature's craftiness."

 

 

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David Parr's comment, July 9, 2013 6:35 AM
Interesting thing about birds is their two-phase lungs. I did the first steps of analysis on adapting that kind of system to a building scale heat exchanger last year.
David Parr's curator insight, July 9, 2013 6:36 AM

Interesting ideas, though being inspired by tornadoes and hurricanes should be 'meteomimicry'. Also, I've always found bird's two phase lungs a more interesting model than their feet.