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Developing a method to help engineers find solutions from nature and technology within the TRIZ method.

Nijenhuis, Nienke (2018) Developing a method to help engineers find solutions from nature and technology within the TRIZ method.

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Abstract:Nature provides a near endless resource of evolved systems and incredible inventions; a great source of knowledge that is currently barely used in engineering. In this report, research is done on how to use the theory of inventive problem solving (TRIZ) to aid engineers in finding solutions for functional descriptions of problems, using existing solutions from different disciplines; but most notably, how biology can be added to the (existing) set of solutions. One of the main questions is how to structure biological information using TRIZ. Engineers that use this method might find new, innovative, and possibly biomimetic solutions, often improving the eco-efficiency and multifunctionality of systems. Challenging problems in the development of this method are, amongst others, the construction of a database system, quantifying and extracting biological phenomena, dealing with the hierarchical structure of natural systems, and the transfer of knowledge between biological and technical systems. It is suggested that using TRIZ’ functional analysis as basis for the database entries will aid in successfully integrating biomimetic solutions into the existing TRIZ method. To provide background information on the discussed subjects, the report also includes an introduction to some methods and tools that deal with the automatic extraction and databasing of knowledge in the form of Physical Effects, the state-of-the-art of combining TRIZ, and a brief introduction of biomimetics and several TRIZ tools.
Item Type:Internship Report (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Mechanical Engineering MSc (60439)
Keywords:TRIZ, biomimetics, functional analysis
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