2016 Mechanical biomimetics

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Instructor(s)
Tanaka Hiroto 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Fri3-4(I321)  
Group
-
Course number
MEC.I531
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2017/1/11
Lecture notes updated
2016/9/23
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

Biomimetics is the concept of understanding the structure of organisms and the functions and principles of systems to reconfigure them artificially in order to solve complex problems of human society and technology. This academic discipline requires interdisciplinary knowledge spanning biology, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and sociology. The instructor in this course explains the mechanical engineering aspect of biomimetics using specific research cases. The instructor will especially focus on micro- and nano-scale tiny structures centered on insects to explain typical biological structures, principles, measuring devices, and production techniques.

Student learning outcomes

Through this course, students will acquire diverse biological and engineering knowledge required for mechanical biomimetics at an introductory level.

Keywords

Biomimetics, Biomechanics, Robotics, Micro fabrication

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Classroom lecture using PowerPoint slides

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of Biomimetics Report
Class 2 Flying Report
Class 3 Swimming Report
Class 4 Walking and adhesion Report
Class 5 Micro surface structures Report
Class 6 Structural color Report
Class 7 Mechanical sensors Report
Class 8 Optical sensors Report

Textbook(s)

NA

Reference books, course materials, etc.

NA

Assessment criteria and methods

To be evaluated based on report assignments

Related courses

  • MEC.L331 : Basic Bioengineering
  • MEC.J331 : Fundamentals of Micro and Nano Machining
  • MEC.F531 : Flying Object Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

NA

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Associate Professor Hiroto Tanaka
tanakah[at]mech.titech.ac.jp

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