Biomimetic Process and Pedagogy: Second Edition

A special issue of Biomimetics (ISSN 2313-7673).

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Dear Colleagues,

Biomimetics is a design philosophy that encourages us to learn from nature and results in the discovery of non-conventional solutions to problems that are often more efficient, economic, and elegant. Taking inspiration from nature has made (and can make) valuable contributions to a wide range of areas, including engineering, architecture, materials science, and business. Although this approach is gaining credibility, questions of how to best support the process of biomimetics or teach biomimetics remain.

This Special Issue aims to collate theoretical, experimental, and review contributions from a multidisciplinary community of engineers, biologists, technologists, industrial designers, psychologists, social scientists, cognitive scientists, environmental scientists, and all others who work in the areas of biomimetic processes and pedagogy. We hope that this Special Issue will provide insight into the state of the art of how biomimetics is performed and taught.

Submissions related, but not limited, to the following areas are highly encouraged:

  • Standards of practice for biomimetics;
  • Processes of biomimetics;
  • Tools and methods that support biomimetic processes;
  • Pedagogical strategies and frameworks of biomimetics;
  • Education and training in the field of biomimetics.

Dr. Jacquelyn K. Nagel
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Keywords

  • bio-inspired design
  • biomimetic design
  • process
  • standards
  • methods
  • pedagogy
  • design study
  • education
  • training

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Is a Forest Fire a Natural Disaster? Investigating the Fire Tolerance of Various Tree Species—An Educational Module
by Olga Speck and Thomas Speck
Biomimetics 2024, 9(2), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomimetics9020114 - 15 Feb 2024
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Wildfires are unplanned conflagrations perceived as a threat by humans. However, fires are essential for the survival of fire-adapted plants. On the one hand, wildfires cause major damage worldwide, burning large areas of forests and landscapes, threatening towns and villages, and generating high [...] Read more.
Wildfires are unplanned conflagrations perceived as a threat by humans. However, fires are essential for the survival of fire-adapted plants. On the one hand, wildfires cause major damage worldwide, burning large areas of forests and landscapes, threatening towns and villages, and generating high levels of air pollution. On the other hand, fire-adapted plants (pyrophytes) in the fire landscapes of the Earth are able to survive exposure to heat (e.g., because of their thick bark, which protects their living tissue) and benefit from fire directly (e.g., fire initiates cone opening and seed release) or indirectly (e.g., fewer competing plants of fire-sensitive species remain, seeds germinate in the ash-fertilized soil). We present the experimental set-up and results of a fire experiment on bark samples used as a basis to assess the fire tolerance of various trees. Fire tolerance is defined as the ability of a tree to survive a surface fire (up to 200 °C and 5 min duration). The measure of the fire tolerance for a tree species is the time taken for the vascular cambium under the insulating bark to reach the critical temperature of 60 °C. Within an educational module, we provide worksheets for teachers and students enabling them to analyze the fire tolerance of various tree barks. Full article
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