Remarkable Natural Material Surfaces and Their Engineering Potential by Michelle LeeRemarkable Natural Material Surfaces and Their Engineering Potential by Michelle Lee

Remarkable Natural Material Surfaces and Their Engineering Potential

byMichelle Lee

Hardcover | February 18, 2014

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This book explores a collection of natural surfaces, their scientific characteristics and their unique engineering potential - demonstrating that engineering applications can be found in unexpected places. The surfaces covered range from botanical ones, like rice and lotus leaves, to insect surfaces, like butterfly and dragonfly wings. The variety of surfaces and numerous engineering potentials described show how biomimicry can be utilized to solve countless real-world problems.
Michelle Lee is at the McCormick School of Engineering of Northwestern University.
Title:Remarkable Natural Material Surfaces and Their Engineering PotentialFormat:HardcoverDimensions:163 pagesPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319031244

ISBN - 13:9783319031248

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Table of Contents

Blood Clots and Vascular Networks: Self-Healing Materials.- Shark Skin: Taking a Bite Out of Bacteria.- Mother-of-Pearl: An Engineering Gem.- Diatoms: Glass Ornaments of the Earth's Waters.- Lotus Leaves: Humble Beauties.- Dragonfly Wings: Special Structures for Aerial Acrobatics.- Moth Eyes: A New Vision for Light-Harnessing Efficiency.- Botanical Leaves: Groovy Terrain.- Snake Skin: Small Scales With a Large Scale Impact.- Gecko Pads: A Force to Be Reckoned With.- Butterfly Wings: Nature's Fluttering Kaleidoscope.- Frog Skin: A Giant Leap for Engineering Applications.- Spider Silk: A Sticky Situation.

Editorial Reviews

From the book reviews:"This is a fascinating collection of 13 popular science-level, short articles on naturally occurring surfaces, some of their outstanding properties, and possible applications in engineered surfaces. . Each chapter contains a description of the natural surface, the fundamental engineering principles underlying its function, potential engineering applications, and a bibliography. The brief, uniformly presented chapters, with a well-balanced layout of text, images, and basic equations, can be read easily. . Summing Up: Highly recommended. All students and general readers." (J. Lambropoulos, Choice, Vol. 52 (5), January, 2015)