Computational Mechanics of Biological Locomotion

status: ongoing

Materials and designs produced by additive manufacturing share similarities with the biological ones in the respect that they are grown by layers, which allows for a great variety of shapes and multi-component structures. Taking this standpoint, we explore the function of such materials and designs in living organisms, with a focus on mechanisms that enable locomotion in air and in water.


This video shows an adaptive grid used in the computational fluid dynamics simulation of a flying beetle with bristled wings.