Innovative Research on More Environment-Friendly Habitation Methods
As the world’s climate changes, its growing human population faces new challenges. The search is on for construction methods which are light in energy consumption as well as in the use of materials. However, these new methods must also prove sustainable. Help might come from where it is least expected: the fungus farming termites. To gain an understanding of these termites’ ingenious mound structures, researchers used the Mimics Innovation Suite to try to understand their innovative construction method.
Wind flow through a section of mound skin with egress channel showing the variable impedance generated by the presence of these channels.
This project, called the TERMES project (www.sandkings.co.uk), is a collaboration between entomologists, physiologists, mecha- nical and civil engineers from Loughborough University’s Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Civil Engineering; SUNY (State University of New York) - Syracuse, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry; The National Museum of Namibia; and Cambridge University’s Department of Zoology. The project has been supported and assisted by Saint-Gobain, BPB Gypsum, Materialise, Helm X, RS Components, Binfiglioli UK and the government of Namibia.
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The authors used the Mimics Innovation Suite to understand the thermo-regulation of a termite mound using following steps:
- Digitally reconstruct a mound from image data of varying quality
Visualize and analyze the inner structure of the mound