Method for evaluating mechanical characteristics of biological material for bio-inspired lightweight design

Satsuki Tsunenari, Tetsuo Oya

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With increasing concern about cost reduction and environmental destruction, lightweight structural design is essential in the product design process. As a means of yielding products with more lightweight and efficient structures, in this paper a method of extracting useful features from a biological lightweight structure, that of the American lobster is proposed. Tensile tests were conducted on biological specimens using plastic clamps made by a 3D printer and clarified some rules for the design of lightweight and efficient structures. Using the rules of material design, a novel method for acquiring bio-inspired lightweight designs was proposed and its feasibility was shown by FEM simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalComputer-Aided Design and Applications
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016 Jan 9



  • 3D printing
  • Bio-inspired design
  • FEM simulation
  • lightweight design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Mathematics

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