How the Bullet Train Got its Design as it is Today?
Here is an interesting example of how nature influence the designers.
The Early Bullet trains of Japan was really fast, pushing 170 miles per hour.The problem was, every time it exited a tunnel, it created a loud sonic boom that disrupted surrounding residential neighborhoods. So an engineering team was brought in to design a quieter, faster and more efficient train.
The team was headed by Mr Eiji Nakatsu.the general manager of the technical development department The twist here is,It wasn't his technical excellence that helped to solve the issue.Also read : The True Story of a Man Who Turned His Car Into a Motorcycle
Mr Nakatsu was a keen Bird watcher. Yes, the secret weapon he used here was 'biomimicry' to reshape the world of design.
Different components of the redesigned bullet train were based on different birds.In the redesigned train, curved and serrated owl feathers inspired the pantograph rig that connects the train to the electric wires above.Also read : This American Techie made his own iphone in China
A penguin’s smooth body shape, which allows the bird to swim and slide effortlessly, helped lower wind resistance on the rig supports.
And the nose of the train was derived from the beak of a kingfisher, a bird that dives into water to catch prey and barely makes a splash. The resulting redesign was faster, more efficient and much quieter — it broke world speed records, thanks in part to a variety of birds.
Life has been around on Earth for 3.8 billion years and designers are starting to realize that represents a lot of research and development time.Also read : 13 Most Extreme Railways In The World
The people who design our world have a lot to learn from the natural world — all they have to do is take a look.