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Mycelium Biking: Eco-design at its best
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Mycelium Biking, a master thesis project about using mycology in eco-design made by design engineering student Alexander Wagner. The present global ecology drives researchers to find environmentally friendly alternatives to commonly used materials such expanded plastics and concrete. The project examined the possibilities of implementing mycelium materials in systematic product development processes. The eligibility of the material was tested by developing products for electric cargo bikes and, by doing so, reduce their ecological footprint. Mycelium materials relevant to Industrial Design Engineering mainly because of their ecological qualities but also because of their performance and the wide range of applicable fields. This study presents six different products developed for the cargo bike in which mycelium materials was considered eligible. The study also presents the material in general showcasing the applicability for other types of products. It was found most applicable for lightweight products used in friendly environments and with low demands on tolerances. These types of product don’t need additional coating, are self-compostable, are possible to create with no manufacturing costs and its production close-to carbon neutral. Conclusively, any product developer in need of a material with an elastic modulus of 15MPa for densities 100kg/m3 (These are the properties of untreated mycelium materials grown without pressure) should consider using mycelium materials. Designers have the option to design a product with a manufacturing process that need no supplementary energy and without any ecological footprint (should you assume availability of local feedstock). The ecological and economic benefits of such material are obvious and it is up to the designer to weigh them against the issues related to using the material (shrinkage, coating & quality).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 91 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik, Mycology, mycelium Materials, eco-design, cargo bike, sustainability, process methodology, material tesing
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-51442Local ID: 8a5adea3-90bc-485b-8f1e-9f82e7ab477cOAI: diva2:1024803
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Industrial Design Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20160629 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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