17 April 2019 | 7 minutes.

The biomimetic hull

Johannes Oeffner
Research Scientist at Fraunhofer CML
Christian F. Janssen
Program Manager for the GPU-accelerated commercial Lattice-Boltzmann solver ultraFluidX at Altair Engineering.

Johannes Oeffner, Research Scientist at Fraunhofer CML

Christian F. Janssen, Program Manager for the GPU-accelerated commercial Lattice-Boltzmann solver ultraFluidX at Altair Engineering.

Inventors got their inspiration from nature to solve technical challenges for millennia. However, it is not as simple as it sounds, since highly complex biological structures cannot easily be copied technologically. Biomimetic solutions have enormous technical potential and collaborative projects continue to conduct research – also for shipping hulls.

Introduction

In the course of evolution, nature has developed a multitude of mature strategies to overcome all kinds of physical hurdles. Biomimetics tries to understand the underlying mechanisms of these biological phenomena and to transfer and translate them into technical concepts. Even though biomimetics is still quite young as a science, the basic idea has influenced technical inventions in the past as well.

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