WIT Press


MULTI-FUNCTIONING AND MULTI-OPTIMISATION IN FEATHERS



Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/D&N-V1-N1-1-10

Volume

Volume 1 (2006), Issue 1

Pages

9

Page Range

1 - 10

Author(s)

S.C. BURGESS

Abstract

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.

Keywords

multi-functioning, multi-optimisation, shape factors.