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Abstract #1464

Bio-inspired optimization of technical fiber-reinforced ramifications using high-resolution MRI of Dracaena marginata branchings as concept generators

Linnea Hesse1,2, Tom Masselter1,3,4, Nils Spengler5, Jan Gerrit Korvink5, Jochen Leupold6, and Thomas Speck1,2,4

1Botanical Garden, University Freiburg, Plant Biomechanics Group, Freiburg, Germany, 2Freiburg Centre for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT), Freiburg, Germany, 3Freiburg Centre for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT), Freiburg, 4Competence Network Biomimetics, Germany, 5Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Microstructure Technology, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany, 6Department of Radiology University Medical Center Freiburg, Medical Physics, Freiburg, Germany

MRT is still a little-known and highly underestimated imaging method within the field of functional morphology and biomechanics of plants and biomimetics. Its non-invasive and non-destructive character in combination with a large variety of applicable imaging sequences, gives this method a strong potential to shed light to various unanswered scientific questions concerning both the plant structure and function as well as on physiology. Using a Bruker Biospec 94/20 9.4T and a 3D FLASH sequence we could gain new insights into the biomechanics and development of dragon tree ramifications as a source of inspiration for the optimization of technical fiber-reinforced ramifications.

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