Flectofin® at Light+Building 2010

As part of the Biomimetic-Pavilion of the VDI (Association of German Engineers) at the upcoming “Light+Building” fair, the ITKE Institute is going to present its new patented biomimetic product, called Flectofin:

Flectofin is inspired by the valvular pollination mechanism in the Strelizia reginae flowers (commonly known as Bird-Of-Paradise). In-depth research on the plant’s elastic kinematics led to the technical construction of a hinge less, versatile flap whose setting angle can be elastically adju­sted. The product’s application range varies from small-scale microsystems to large-scale architectural building components. The facade mock-up that is going to be presented at the Light+Building 2010 will demonstrate the scaling of the Flectofin principle from the abstracted plant movement to the clarified kinematics and finally to the con­ceptualized implementation as an adaptive façade shading system.

(photo: Simon Poppinga – Plant Biomechanics Group, Freiburg)
Find more information about the Fair at:
Light+Building, 11.-16.4.2010,  Messe Frankfurt

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