General systems theory in a horizontal and vertical action process for cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer
Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition - 2013 : presented at ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition ; November 15 - 21, 2013, San Diego, California, USA. - New York, NY : ASME. - Vol. 12 (2014).
Contribution to Conference
Biomimetic product development builds a bridge between the scientific disciplines engineering and biology and represents a cross-disciplinary knowledge circulation, which can produce highly innovative advancements in technology. The methodological support for such projects was initiated by the VDI guideline 6220 by 2012  and still requires further research. The method presented in this abstract tries to provide a significant contribution to the successful transfer of knowledge across disciplines, to convey innovative solutions from biology to technology. The central idea of the method called HELI-ACT (an acronym of Helix and Action) described here is based on the system-theoretical analysis of the action and the action carrier, the action circle and the action line under the relevant aspects of the socio-technical integration of methods and tools that will support the action carrier in the biomimetic development process. As a cross-common "language" general systems theory is used, which also includes the mathematical modeling system for both action as well as for object systems, which allows a computer-assisted method implementation. For the association of specialized terminology of the disciplines involved in the cross-disciplinary communication a semantic network is used to derive a translation tool in the Ontology World Language (OWL). Practical application experiences from a current project are presented, which describes the tribological optimization of a technical joint by awareness from the analysis of insects joints. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.