email@example.comThe J. M. Smucker Company
I grew up in Co. Clare in the west coast of Ireland stinting from a childhood immersed in outdoor activity and sport I went on to get an undergraduate degree in Zoology from the National University of Ireland, Galway. I continued on to get my masters degree in highschool Math and Science education graduating in 2014. I spent the next few years as an educational professional in a diverse array of settings from highschool to conservation education environments. Beginning in January 2017 I began the Biomimicry PhD fellowship program at the University of Akron sponsored by The JM Smucker Company to pursue my passion for conservation and environmental sustainability through the innovative potential of bio inspired design.
Here, we propose a solution through a computer-aided user interface tool which integrates a biomimetic ontology with a thesaurus-based functional approach to biomimicry. Through a proof of concept illustrative case study, we demonstrate how merging existing tools can facilitate the biomimicry process in a systematic and collaborative way, broadening solution discovery.
Through this break out session several speakers gave their perspective of the Biomimicry Fellowship Program at the University of Akron. Dr Emily Kennedy outlined the concept of Biomimicry through case studies and gave an overview of the fellowship program. Mr Dan Dietz of The JM Smucker Company gave his perspective as a new corporate sponsor, I gave my perspective as a new biomimicry fellow and Mr Tom Marting of GOJO Industries gave his perspective as a past sponsor.
We hypothesize that serrations disrupt large-scale flow structures from tail movements and correspondingly reduce visible surface disturbance. To test this hypothesis, we translated 3-D printed serrated and non-serrated panels directly under the water surface with a linear actuator, waves were visualized by recording the reflection of a fan-beam laser on the water surface, a waveform was extracted, filtered, and processed using Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT). In our preliminary analyses a 27% decrease in magnitude of power from the control to the serrated panel were observed indicating that serrations did reduce visible surface disturbance. Understanding the effects of serrations on fluid flow could contribute to bio-inspired noise or turbulence reducing engineered systems, while using CWT to characterize surface disturbance creates a unique framework to study interface dynamics in a three-phase system.