Editors: Ulisses Targino Bezerra, Heber Sivini Ferreira, Normando Perazzo Barbosa

Series Title: Frontiers in Biomaterials

Bio-Inspired Materials

Volume 6

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ISSN: 2468-0168 (Print)
ISSN: 2352-3921 (Online)
ISBN: 978-981-14-0688-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-14-0689-8 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2019
DOI: 10.2174/97898114068981190601

Introduction

Nature has provided opportunities for scientists to observe patterns in biomaterials which can be imitated when designing construction materials. Materials designed with natural elements can be robust and environment-friendly at the same time. Advances in our understanding of biology and materials science coupled with the extensive observation of nature have stimulated the search for better accommodation/compression of materials and the higher organization/reduction of mechanical stress in man-made structures.

Bio-Inspired Materials is a collection of topics that explore frontiers in 3 sections of bio-inspired design: (i) bionics design, (ii) bio-inspired construction, and (iii) bio-materials. Chapters in each section address the most recent advances in our knowledge about the desired and expected relationship between humans and nature and its use in bio-inspired buildings. Readers will also be introduced to new concepts relevant to bionics, biomimicry, and biomimetics.

Section (i) presents research concepts based on information gained from the direct observation of nature and its applications for human living.

Section (ii) is devoted to ‘artificial construction’ of the Earth. This section addresses issues on geopolymers, materials that resemble the structure of soils and natural rocks; procedures that reduce damage caused by earthquakes in natural construction, the development of products from vegetable resins and construction principles using bamboo.

The last section takes a look into the future towards the improvement of human living conditions.

Bio-Inspired Materials offers readers - having a background in architecture, civil engineering and systems biology - a new perspective about sustainable building which is a key part of addressing the environmental concerns of current times.

Preface

- Pp. i-ii (2)
Ulisses Targino Bezerra, Heber Sivini Ferreira and Normando Perazzo Barbosa
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List of Contributors

- Pp. iii-iv (2)
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Bio-Pulse Oscillations Driven Design of Kinetic Structures

- Pp. 1-25 (25)
Marios C. Phocas, Odysseas Kontovourkis and Niki I. Georgiou

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Truss Material Reduction Provided by the Golden Ratio

- Pp. 26-37 (12)
Ulisses Targino Bezerra

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Complexity and Adaptability in Nature and Society

- Pp. 38-52 (15)
George Rzevski

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Without Inner Walls: A Concept of the Café’s House

- Pp. 53-72 (20)
Theofilo Barreto Moreira Oliveira and Ulisses Targino Bezerra

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Similarity Between Particle Packing in Concrete and in Nature

- Pp. 73-96 (24)
Piet Stroeven and Kai Li

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Current Developments and Future Needs for Natural Earth Construction: A State-of-the-Art Review

- Pp. 97-126 (30)
Ana Cecilia Vieira Nobrega and Normando Perazzo Barbosa

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Bio-inspired Design with Bamboo

- Pp. 127-159 (33)
Normando Perazzo Barbosa, Jose Augusto Gomes Neto, Sandra Reyes Ortiz and Khosrow Ghavami

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Frontiers in Bio-Inspired Mineralization: Addressing Mimesis of Four-Dimensional, Hierarchical, and Nonclassical Growth Characteristics of Biominerals

- Pp. 160-176 (17)
Stephan E. Wolf, Martina Schußler, Corinna F. Bohm and Benedikt Demmert

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Sustainable and Safe Construction Biomaterials: Biocements and Biogrouts

- Pp. 177-193 (17)
Volodymyr Ivanov and Viktor Stabnikov

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Interaction Between Natural Fibres and Synthetic Polymers

- Pp. 194-224 (31)
Alejandro Manzano-Ramírez, Mario Villalon and Jose Luis Reyes Araiza

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Subject Index

- Pp. 225-232 (8)
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