WIT Press


Bio-inspired Solutions For Technical Problems: Biomimetic Cable Entries And Shock-absorbing Pallets

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DN080061

Volume

114

Pages

8

Page Range

51 - 58

Published

2008

Size

1,893 kb

Author(s)

T. Masselter, M. Milwich, H. Monnerat, U. Scharf, M. Hartel & T. Speck

Abstract

The variability in diameter of organisms or organs (e.g. the ambulacral feet of sea urchins) and fold-flap mechanisms of flowers and leaves served as concept generator for the development of two types of biomimetic cable entry systems. The damping properties of plants and the quills of the hedgehog are the biological models that were translated in a bio-inspired, optimised shockabsorbing transportation pallet. The new cable entry systems are easy to open and to close and are impermeable against fluids or dust. The optimised biomimetic transportation pallet has a very good damping behaviour and is well recyclable. Keywords: biomimetics, cable entry systems, transportation pallets. 1 Introduction A frequently arising problem with conventional cable entry systems is that the cable and the connector plug cannot be fed through the entry system at the same time, because the opening to closed ratio is too small. Exchange of cables with

Keywords

biomimetics, cable entry systems, transportation pallets.