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The load-bearing duct: Biomimicry in structural design

Yiatros, S and Wadee, MA and Hunt, GR (2007) The load-bearing duct: Biomimicry in structural design. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability, 160. pp. 179-188. ISSN 1478-4629

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The philosophical aspects of applying the principles of biomimicry are explored in a case study of structural design. Integrating structural engineering with services engineering can be regarded, to some extent, as taking principles from biological systems and applying them to large-scale conceptual design. The end-product discussed herein a so-called load-bearing duct, a functional naturally ventilated multi-storey office building that takes the applied loading efficiently both structurally and cost-effectively giving it the potential to be sustainable throughout its design life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buildings, structures & design Environment
Divisions: Div A > Fluid Mechanics
Depositing User: Cron job
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 22:34
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2015 08:20
DOI: 10.1680/ensu.2007.160.4.179