Multi-functioning And Multi-optimisation In Feathers

SC Burgess

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Natural organisms often have multiple functions and multi-optimisation in a single component or mechanism. In addition, natural organisms are highly integrated assemblies. In contrast, human design has traditionally avoided multi-functioning in single components because of the difficulties this presents in the design process. Only in recent years has there been a trend towards multi-functioning in engineering components. The advantage of multi-functioning is that extremely high levels of performance can be achieved. This paper gives examples of multi-functioning and multi-optimisation in a bird flight feather and a bird display feather. In each case, the advantages of multi-functioning are explained and analogies with man-made design are given.
Translated title of the contributionMulti-functioning And Multi-optimisation In Feathers
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 10
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Design and Nature
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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Publisher: WIT Press


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