Real and 3-D printed shells ability to withstand pressure

19 mayo 2015

Engineers analyzed seashells to see how their shapes contribute to their remarkable strength. By modeling the average mollusk’s mobile habitat, they are learning how shells stand up to extraordinary pressures at the bottom of the sea. The goal is to learn what drove these tough exoskeletons to evolve as they did and to see how their mechanical principles may be adapted for use in human-scale structures like vehicles and even buildings.