Purdue University Civil Engineer Pablo Zavattieri on a New Study Looking at the Diabolical Ironclad Beetle as a Model Potentially for Airplanes, Vehicles and Buildings.

October 25, 2020

This beetle is super tough.

  • Researchers published their work in the journal of “Nature.”
  • What: “The beetle study is part of an $8 million project funded by the U.S. Air Force to explore how the biology of creatures such as mantis shrimp and bighorn sheep could help develop impact-resistant materials.” READ MORE
  • How: Researchers found the beetle’s body incredibly resistant, evening after running it over with a Toyota Camry (it survived).
  • WHY IT MATTERS: Scientists are looking at how the beetle’s exoskelteon comes together for inspiration on how best to engineer structures and objects.

Here’s the study: CLICK HERE

Here’s a write-up of the study: CLICK HERE

by Jenna Lee,

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