Photo of Professor Tekalur holding Ram hornsBiomimetics employs lessons from Mother Nature to help drive the design process. Rather than reinventing something that has already undergone the ultimate test of survival and nature’s fury, we look to the world around us for inspiration. The classical example of Velcro and the contemporary example of self-cleaning paints are excellent showcases of the success of a biomimetic strategy.

Specifically of interest to the CVRC are protective structures such as shells and exoskeletons. Photo of the inside of a Ram's hornHow are these structures made to withstand predation? What makes them so effective? What are the factors that govern the design of these structures? How can we identify and adopt the most successful design strategy? The answers to these questions will support the development of novel designs for safer and greener vehicles.