An FEA Study on Impact Resistance of Bio-Inspired CAD Models

Tom Page*, Gisli Thorsteinsson**
* Senior Lecturer, Loughborough Design School, United Kingdom.
** Professor, Department of Design and Craft Education, Iceland University of Education, Iceland.
Periodicity:August - October'2017


The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of biomimetic methods in the design of armour systems. It focusses on biological structures found in nature that feature both rigid and flexible armours, analysing their structures and determining which are the most widely successful. A study was conducted on three bio-inspired structures built in Creo Parametric and tested using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software to determine which structure had the best impact resistance. The study was conducted based on parameters from a study conducted on impact testing biological materials (Lee et al., 2011). The aim of the study was to discover if a bio-inspired model built using ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and silicone, based on the structure of an osteoderm would perform well under impact.


Biomimicry, CAD, FEA

How to Cite this Article?

Page, T., and Thorsteinsson, G. (2017). An FEA Study on Impact Resistance of Bio-Inspired CAD Models. i-manager’s Journal on Mechanical Engineering, 7(4), 1-15.


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