Biomimetic Barrier (representative) floating behind an outer coral reef.
Example of applying natural coral typologies to the facade for wave energy dispersion.
Coral typologies require optimisation for 3D concrete printing.
Testing velocity magnitude dispersion and flow interactions of natural coral forms
that were supplied by The Hydrous. (Using AutoDesk Flow Design).
Vector field, representing current magnitude data, to optimise L-system generated coral typologies. (Using Rhino3D and Grasshopper)
An unprecedented issue, sea level rise, will affect numerous countries and substantial populations, especially those located on the world’s smallest islands and low-lying coastal countries. Approximately 5% of the world’s total population currently inhabit small islands and their continued existence on these atolls, beyond 2100, is in grave danger.
With continued research being undertaken on the natural wave energy dispersion properties of coral reefs, further application of biomimetic engineering solutions and improvements in additive manufacturing techniques using geopolymer concrete, or similar substrates, a new design solution is possible – an offshore, floating, partially-submerged modular breakwater that possess an 3D printed coral reef inspired façade.