Biomechanics of Insects

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Oct 30, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Biomechanics of Insects

Professor

Cheng Wei Wu

Department of Engineering Mechanics
,

Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China.

Email:

cwwu
@dlut.edu.cn



Mechanics plays an important fundamental role in understanding the biological functions an
d
biomaterials at all scales. The world is just beginning to utilize biology and biological
techniques to develop new materials and devices that will have broad impacts on science,
technology and engineering. The main purpose in this research is to find: w
hat is the
mechanism for insects to have their specific and surprising functions? what is the reason for
biomaterials to have so high strength and toughness?


The students working
on

this topic should have a basic knowledge on biology, materials and
mech
anics, have more active thinking manner, like
s

to find new scientific questions and
possible applications. Currently, there are four graduate students working in this direction in
our group. The experimental devices and instruments include: micro
-
force te
sting system,
AFM, SEM, various optical microscopes, high precision balance, wetting
-
ability measuring
device, etc. The laboratory has over one hundred square meters, including rooms for force
measurement, micro/nano
-
structure observation, and surface str
ucture observation. We
welcome students who are
interested

in biomechanics to
join

our research group.



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