Biomimetic Design Method for Innovation and Sustainability

  • Yael Helfman Cohen
  • Yoram Reich

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Yael Helfman Cohen, Yoram Reich
      Pages 31-44
    3. Yael Helfman Cohen, Yoram Reich
      Pages 45-49
  3. Research Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Yael Helfman Cohen, Yoram Reich
      Pages 53-60
  4. Research Methodology, Process and Results

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-74
    2. Yael Helfman Cohen, Yoram Reich
      Pages 75-81
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      Pages 83-103
    4. Yael Helfman Cohen, Yoram Reich
      Pages 105-120
  5. Experimentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Yael Helfman Cohen, Yoram Reich
      Pages 137-172
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      Pages 173-202
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Yael Helfman Cohen, Yoram Reich
      Pages 205-208
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-254

About this book


Presenting a novel biomimetic design method for transferring design solutions from nature to technology, this book focuses on structure-function patterns in nature and advanced modeling tools derived from TRIZ, the theory of inventive problem-solving.
The book includes an extensive literature review on biomimicry as an engine of both innovation and sustainability, and discusses in detail the biomimetic design process, current biomimetic design methods and tools.
The structural biomimetic design method for innovation and sustainability put forward in this text encompasses (1) the research method and rationale used to develop and validate this new design method; (2) the suggested design algorithm and tools including the Findstructure database, structure-function patterns and ideality patterns; and (3) analyses of four case studies describing how to use the proposed method.
This book offers an essential resource for designers who wish to use nature as a source of inspiration and knowledge, innovators and sustainability experts, and scientists and researchers, amongst others.


Biomimicry Transferring design solutions Design algorithms Sustainable design Structure-function patterns Bioinspired Design

Authors and affiliations

  • Yael Helfman Cohen
    • 1
  • Yoram Reich
    • 2
  1. 1.Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Faculty of EngineeringTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33996-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33997-9
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