June 26, 2017
The Venus Flytrap is the fastest mover in the plant kingdom, with two leaves that quickly close on insects. The leaves are bistable, meaning they naturally rest in one state, and then in another. Purdue University engineers are taking inspiration from the Venus Flytrap to design and manufacture a composite material in a curved structure that will also be able to take two stable shapes. By bridging material science, mechanical engineering, and the biological world, they hope to bring enable this new composite to manufacture lighter, faster, and cheaper goods. The research is being conducted under Andres Arrieta, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue.