25 Feb '13, 3pm

Fish gill-inspired water management system wins student design contest

Fish gill-inspired water management system wins student design contest

Fish have inspired their fair share of cool technologies from sensing systems for underwater robots to more powerful wind turbines . The latest comes from a team of civil engineering students at University of Toronto who have won the first round of the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge with a fish gill-inspired water management system. The team's biomimetic design solves one of the biggest problems in a pipeline system: entrapped air. The release of compressed air in a pipeline causes pressure surges that can create fractures that not only let water leak out, making the system less efficient, but also let pollutants in that can cause water-borne illnesses. The students found that fish gills offered a design solution that could increase water delivery efficiency, decrease water-borne illness and lower wastewater operating costs. © University of Toronto “We looked back and...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/fish-gill-insp...

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