25 Jul 2016

Nature's Way to Relieve Stress Inspires Designs for Nearly Indestructible Bridges

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An engineer in the UK has found inspiration in nature for the design of bridges that are far stronger and more durable than current designs.
Emeritus Professor Wanda Lewis in the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick has been studying how nature relieves stress for 25 years, taking an approach called “form-finding,” a process of shaping an object, or a structure, by loads applied to it, she told Design News in an interview. This process is different than engineering methods that start from an assumed shape and then check the stresses and displacements in a structure under an applied load, she said.
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