Remarkable Natural Material Surfaces and Their Engineering Potential

Editors: Lee, Michelle (Ed.)

  • Discusses natural surfaces in a format that is accessible to less technical readers
  • Contains material on natural surfaces that can be found locally
  • Encourages readers to explore the engineering value of the natural surfaces surrounding them
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About this book

This book explores a collection of natural surfaces, their scientific characteristics and their unique engineering potential – demonstrating that engineering applications can be found in unexpected places. The surfaces covered range from botanical ones, like rice and lotus leaves, to insect surfaces, like butterfly and dragonfly wings. The variety of surfaces and numerous engineering potentials described show how biomimicry can be utilized to solve countless real‐world problems.

About the authors

Michelle Lee is at the McCormick School of Engineering of Northwestern University.

Reviews

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“This is a fascinating collection of 13 popular science–level, short articles on naturally occurring surfaces, some of their outstanding properties, and possible applications in engineered surfaces. … Each chapter contains a description of the natural surface, the fundamental engineering principles underlying its function, potential engineering applications, and a bibliography. The brief, uniformly presented chapters, with a well-balanced layout of text, images, and basic equations, can be read easily. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. All students and general readers.” (J. Lambropoulos, Choice, Vol. 52 (5), January, 2015)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Blood Clots and Vascular Networks: Self-Healing Materials

    Lee, Michelle

    Pages 1-13

  • Shark Skin: Taking a Bite Out of Bacteria

    Lee, Michelle

    Pages 15-27

  • Mother-of-Pearl: An Engineering Gem

    Lee, Michelle

    Pages 29-40

  • Diatoms: Glass Ornaments of the Earth’s Waters

    Chu, Mindie

    Pages 41-52

  • Lotus Leaves: Humble Beauties

    Lee, Michelle

    Pages 53-63

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-03125-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $29.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-03124-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $29.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 13, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34570-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Remarkable Natural Material Surfaces and Their Engineering Potential
Editors
  • Michelle Lee
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-03125-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-03125-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-03124-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34570-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 163
Number of Illustrations and Tables
40 b/w illustrations, 58 illustrations in colour
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