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Hans Liu Student No: 586951

Semester 1 /2012

Group 7


Birth of a Rock From class Anthozoa of phylum Cnidaria, corals are marine animals which form the building blocks to some of the world’s most amazing underwater structures; coral reefs. However, vast as these are, coral exists only as a colony of a multitude of genetically identical spineless animals called polyps, often only a few millimetres in diameter, and a coral “head” is produced by said polyps secreting calcium carbonate near their base. The majority of corals are hermaphroditic, breeding sexually via a process known as spawning. During this process, once every year, often during a full moon, polyps will release eggs and sperm into the water to spread the next generation of coral. It is this process of synchronous spawning that forms one of the most spectacular marine phenomena, and the natural process in which I have chosen to extrapolate.

Hans Liu Student No: 586951

Semester 1/2012

Group 7


Hans Liu Student No: 586951

Semester 1

/2012

Group 7


Coral in Design

Coral and more specifically individual coral head structures have been an inspiration to multiple design disciplines. Made up of minute and genetically identical polyps, the range of patterns and shapes found in even a small coral reef is simply astonishing and has to do with the self-organising nature of particles, which creates mathematically similar behaviour throughout a reef.

Hans Liu Student No: 586951

Semester 1/2012

Group 7


Fluid Dynamics

Fluids, a subset of the phases of matter, which encompass such substances as liquids, gases and plasmas, are substances that deform constantly when applied with a shear force, and thus exhibits flow-like behaviour.

With current technology, and an exponential increase in processing power, the simulations of the vastly complex behaviour presented by fluids can be now be mapped, producing very accurate representations of the movement of any given fluid around any given object.`

Hans Liu Student No: 586951

Semester 1/2012

Group 7


Fluid Design

The use of curves in design is the first step in creating a form that is organic and flowing. However, it is not only the behaviour of fluids that provides inspiration for designers, as many have actually harnessed the power of fluids to create actual movement in the design, or have utilised fluid simulations to increase the efficiency of a building’s cooling system.

Hans Liu Student No: 586951

Semester 1/2012

Group 7

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