Biomimetics and Biomimicry in Engineering

Biomimetic cooling box

In Comment, Info on 2011/01/03 at 5:58 pm

Iain Downie is undertaking a fascinating piece of work on cooling boxes for food and medication transportation in underdeveloped/developing countries.

Obtaining inspiration from biomimetics and applying heat transfer principles, he is developing a low-cost padded box that could be ultimate solution to bacteria proliferation and food rotting in humid and hot climates.

In those environmental conditions, persons have to walk long distances on foot carrying fresh food from/to markets and medication from healthcare centres. A box that keeps goods cool for a longer time is a much-needed device.

Iain is currently deployed in Mozambique, carrying out a user survey and a field test.Photos coming soon! stay tuned

Looking forward to his return and more exciting R&D work on biomimetics.

*Mr Iain Downie is a 4th year MEng Mech Eng student at Heriot-Watt University. This work is part of his individual research project.

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  1. Hi,

    Sounds really interesting.

    Tried googling the project but can’t find any further detail. Where to look or who to contact?

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