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Animal Dynamics was founded in 2015 by Alex Caccia and Adrian Thomas, following a mutual interest in animal movement.

The Company is a spin-out from Oxford University, where Adrian Thomas is Professor of Biomechanics in the Zoology Department and the Company is based at Begbroke Science Park, just north of Oxford.


 

Mission

At Animal Dynamics we believe that by building on a deep understanding of movement in animals,  we can create more efficient and powerful systems capable of performance beyond anything currently found in nature or engineering. 

What motivates us is our drive to create original and worthwhile solutions to real problems and realise designs that will disrupt industries and technical approaches that have long been taken for granted. 

To achieve this we research the underlying principles that result in the efficiency and performance of natural systems and marry this with advanced engineering techniques, materials and processes.

 
 

Foundations

In nature, performance and efficiency are a evolutionary necessity. Animals that walk, swim and fly have honed their movement to use as little energy as possible. Recent developments in computational analysis allow us to evaluate these systems more precisely, and these tools have enabled us to build models that inform our designs. The approach we are interested in is not bio-mimetic design, which aims to make mechanical versions of animals found in nature; it is rather bio-inspired design, which examines the fundamental principles behind nature's designs.

 

We believe that more efficient systems will disrupt existing markets in a good way, by building machines that can do more with less energy. Finding alternative sources of fuel is essential for our future; equally important are alternative systems of movement that use fuel more efficiently. Analysing natural systems brings us closer to an understanding of nature, and an appreciation of the extraordinary precision and elegance of animal movement.

 
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Photo: Abbi Hughes

Photo: Abbi Hughes

 

Environment

 

Man-made designs tend to assume abundant stored energy; it is so much harder to deliver performance the way nature does, where every watt counts, and the shape and nuance of each design detail, and precise arc of movement, can mean life or death. 

Fluid dynamics is mirrored, which means we can apply principles of efficient propulsion to renewable energy. We are also investigating Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems ("KERS"), where we can apply the efficiency of natural propulsion and motility designs to energy harvesting.

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