From Sea-Sponge to Skyscraper: Bioinspired Engineering
Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
November 16, 2020 Zoom recording by Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA
Matheus Fernandes, Ph.D. student, Harvard University; Harvard John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Institute for Applied Computational Science. Matt Fernandes is pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics with a Masters of Science in Computational Science and Engineering.Fernandes webpage
Matt Fernandes and his colleagues at SEAS look to Nature for examples of quality engineering, And one of their investigations is attracting attention. The skeletal structure of the Venus Flower sea sponge (a.k.a. glass sponge) has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than the traditional lattice designs used for centuries in buildings and bridges. The sponge's structure can be applied to next-generation architecture and engineering design,.
“We found that the sponge’s diagonal reinforcement strategy achieves the highest buckling resistance for a given amount of material, which means that we can build stronger and more resilient structures by intelligently rearranging existing material within the structure,”