Workshop on Bioinspired materials/components for motorsports application

Accelerating Innovation: Bridging Nature's Wisdom with Motorsport Prowess

Nature-inspired systems are of interest to a wide community both in industry and academia. The goal of this workshop is to bring together academics working in the fields of nature inspired components and metamaterials and motorsport/automotive industry to present the state of the art of current/future applications with a particular focus on energy absorption material systems/ structures. 

Preliminary agenda: 

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee & Welcome

10:30 - 11:00 Olga Barrera, Reader in Mechanical Engineering, Oxford Brookes University 

11:15 - 11:45  Francesco De Cola, Head of Design and Engineering - Advanced Projects

11:45 - 12:05 Coffee break

12:05 - 12:35  Stephan Rudykh, Asst. Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and at University of Galway, Ireland

12:35 - 13:05 Gianni Comandini, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bristol 

13:05 - 13:30  Conclusion & Networking


Olga Barrera, Reader in Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Bell, Programme Lead in PG Engineering

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Dr Olga Barrera and Dr Daniel Bell

Our study explores how the structure of meniscal tissue affects fluid flow within it. Using a combination of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Image Analysis (CFD-IA), the researchers analyse fluid flow in the human meniscus across different inlet velocities. They find correlations between structural parameters like tortuosity and fluid flow properties such as permeability. Notably, at higher velocities, flow paths deviate more from the preferred direction. This research sheds light on how the meniscus structure influences fluid behavior within it.

photo of sport car and diagrams from research paper