Putting Biology into TRIZ: A Database of Biological Effects

J F V Vincent, O Bogatyreva, Anja Karina Pahl, N Bogatyrev, A Bowyer

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Our goal is to make biological information available for engineers via a 'biological patents' database in TRIZ. However, biological functions need to be co-ordinated simultaneously at many levels of organization – from cell organelle to population to ecosystem. Each function has links with other functions on different organizational levels. To account for this, we made auxiliary 5D 'conflict' matrices for biological structures and environments, and for causes and limits of actions; these allow us to resolve data about organisms into engineering-like chunks of information and cover the primary TRIZ constituents of 'function', 'effect' and 'conflict'. In this way we can also provide a framework for the rationalization and quantification of bionics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
JournalCreativity And Innovation Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


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