College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 20:49:07


Aerospace Systems Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


Biomimicry takes inspiration from nature to create more resilient and innovative sustainable solutions to complex human problems. The structure of sea urchins can be used as a biological model to create lightweight, impact-resistant material that can be adapted to develop more structurally sound architecture in infrastructure. This report focuses on Echinocyamus pusillus since it primarily relies on its skeletal construction because it lacks collagen fibers within its sutures [1]. Since these bioinspired structures can be used to tolerate harsh environments where impact protection is essential, they can be utilized for many applications like high pressure structures in deep sea exploration and landing gears for space exploration purposes. The purpose of this project is to examine the unique shell structure of the sea urchin through experimental testing and Finite Element Analysis.

Research Sponsor

KT Tan

First Reader

Manigandan Kannan

Second Reader

Yogesh Singh

Honors Faculty Advisor

Scott Sawyer

Included in

Engineering Commons



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