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Structures for the Biological Sciences

Structural Engineering applied to Biological Systems.

We are interested in describing the behaviour of Nature's structures using Engineering terms such as, for example, geometrical concepts and determinacy, to shed light on their behaviour and to employ their best features for better engineering solutions.  Current topics include: understanding the susceptibility of interacting bones as a local buckling phenomena (Burgoyne); the fluid-structural interaction during insect flight (Cirak); the mobility of proteins and viruses (Guest); the growth of elastic structures inside confined spaces (Seffen).

People specializing in this area

Academic Staff

Dr Keith Seffen, PhD MA CMath MIMA MAIAA

morphogenesis problems including: shape due to growth in natural structures; principles of growth; localisation and non-uniformity in growing structures; confined growth (packagaing) of elastic structures