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Tendons and bones form seamless attachment: Chordates

The attachment of tendons and bones is a strong and smooth transition due to the same fibre material spanning a gradual transition of mineralization.

"In addition, architects can learn from connections and transitions between systems and subsystems of biological entities. In the building sector, connections between parts and elements are almost always discontinuous and articulated as dividing seams, instead of a smoother transition in materiality and thus functionality (such as can be seen in the way tendon and bone connect, deploying the same fibre material yet across a smooth transition of mineralisation). The understanding and deployment of gradient thresholds in materiality and environmental conditions can yield the potential for complex performance capacities of material systems. This will require a detailed understanding of the relation between material makeup and resultant behavioural characteristics." (Courtesy of the Biomimicry Guild)
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Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist

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Application Ideas: Construction materials

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Construction


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