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Using Nature as a Model for Low-friction Bearings

Using Nature as a Model for Low-friction Bearings | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"The mechanical properties of natural joints are considered unrivalled. Cartilage is coated with a special polymer layer allowing joints to move virtually friction-free, even under high pressure. Using simulations on Jülich's supercomputers, scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the University of Twente have developed a new process that technologically imitates biological lubrication and even improves it using two different types of polymers."

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With Their Amazing Necks, Ants Don't Need 'High Hopes' to do Heavy Lifting

With Their Amazing Necks, Ants Don't Need 'High Hopes' to do Heavy Lifting | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered that the neck joint of a common American field ant can withstand astounding pressures. Similar joints might enable future robots to mimic the ant’s weight-lifting ability on earth and in space.
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Using Nature as a Model for Low-friction Bearings

Using Nature as a Model for Low-friction Bearings | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
The mechanical properties of natural joints are considered unrivalled. Cartilage is coated with a special polymer layer allowing joints to move virtually friction-free, even under high pressure. Scientists have developed a new process that technologically imitates biological lubrication and even improves it using two different types of polymers.

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