HANNOVER MESSE 2019,
01 - 05 April
Alfred Wegener Institut
Plankton forms the basis of the food chain in pelagic ecosystems.
Many planktonic organisms have distinct, highly specialized forms that have evolved over the course of evolution and play a crucial role in the survival of individual species.
In particular, we investigate mechanical aspects of protozoa such as diatoms and radiolarians and their predators, as well as their effects on ecosystems and evolution.
The highly complex diatom shells are formed in hollow forms - the Silica Deposition Vesicles (SDVs). It is still unclear how the cell controls their structuring; it is known that the interaction between cytoskeleton and boundary membrane plays a decisive role. However, it is not known which genome segments are responsible for species-specific geometries. It is planned to investigate this connection.
Bionics - Engineering powered by nature
Investigation of natural vibrations and lightweight design potential of different lattice and honeycomb structures
This project investigates to which extent bio-inspired ...
The complex, irregular lightweight structures of marine planktonic organisms are highly robust towards variable mechanical challenges in their environment. Technically ...
- AWI cooperates closely with ELISE GmbH, which in turn is a spin-off of the institute.
- ELISE focuses on software development in the field of Generative Engineering.
Development of a modular sample inlet system for sensors by bionic structure optimization and additive manufacturing.
Established sample inlet systems with low ...
The extraordinary forces experienced during rollover accidents call for high performance stiffening structures, especially within the A-pillar of convertibles. The ...
In medical engineering low weight, high stability and air permeability are highly important for orthopedic casts treating bone fractures and other injuries as well ...