Factors in Transporting Goods in a Post-Peak Oil World


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Factors to consider in designing a system of goods transportation in a post-peak oil world.

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Factors in Transporting Goods in a Post-Peak Oil World

  1. 1. Design Challenge in BiomimicryHow will we move people, products, information and supplies after peak oil? The onset of anew condition without oil as our main source of transportation energy will force us to rede-sign transportation as a system itself. Magnetic orientation & navigation and electromag-netic propulsion provide one source of energy worth examining.Identify Real ChallengeWe’ve all heard about peak oil coming soon; sometime this decade by some estimates. In what other ways can we move objects over longdistances on this planet, and even into space, besides by fuel burning engines? With peak food coming soon as well, even biofuels havemixed support.Interpret Design BriefTo answer this question, we can look to nature to see how it solves this problem. After all, natures doesn’t use or need machines to do it’swork. How does natures move objects and information, make energy, sense, receive, process, and send signals, and distribute molecularforms of all types?Discover Natural ModelsThe answer lies within sea turtles, spiny lobsters, and sea slugs. From the Oxford Journals, “The Earth’s magnetic field provides a pervasivesource of directional information used by phylogenetically diverse marine animals. Behavioral experiments with sea turtles, spiny lobsters,and sea slugs have revealed that all have a magnetic compass sense, despite vast differences in the environment each inhabits and thespatial scale over which each moves.” For more information on how it works, click here.Abstract Design PrinciplesBiomimicry Taxonomy of Life’s Strategies: Like the sea turtles, we can utlize magnetic and electromagnetic forces to:• Move—In/On Liquids & Gasses• Attach—Permanently & Temporarily• Maintain Community—Coordinate in Groups (Self-Organize)• Make—Generate Magnetic Energy• Process Information— o Navigate through Air, Water, and Over Land o Send Electrical/Magnetic Signals o Process Signals through Conversion and Respond o Sense Electrical/Magnetic Signals/Environmental Cues• Distribute—Solids, Liquids, Gasses, EnergyEmulate Nature’s StretegiesForm--Pyramid-shaped container pods of all sizes self-organize into V shape during travel to conserve up to 23% energy. Signal receptorsreceive and transmit magnetic and electromagnetic signals in space. On-board computer processes signals and provides speed, duration,and origination/destination information.Function--Can move very large to very small objects, people, and information over long distances. using electromagnetic propulsion Canmove through air, water, or over land using magnetic signals for orientation and navigation. Can transmit information using electromag-netic signals.Ecosystem--Electromagnetic propulsion is strong enough to propell the containers through many liquid and gas resistance vicosities., aswell as in darkenss, or even into outer space.Evaluate Against Life’s PrinciplesThrough nature’s soltuion using magnetic force to move, attach, make energy, and distribute , we can create a far more sustainable trans- Kelly Kokaiselportation solution than oil coild ever provide. MCAD Summer ‘10