Proceedings PaperComplex adaptive structures: design considerations
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This paper endeavours to set the scene for the design of complex adaptive structures. The need to address complexity emerges as we look at the history of engineering design and the ever increasing importance of the use of information in the broad context of designing artefacts. The combination of the need and the availability of the tools to meet the need will doubtless trigger impressive progress. Complex adaptive structural design builds upon established engineering design in four domains: the use of computational tools; the exploitation of comprehensive databases; the evolution of broadening performance criteria and specifications; and the enhancement of physical hardware through both increased control of conventional mechanical and materials processes and the selective emulation of biological examples. Whilst many of these undoubtedly need substantially more research and development their potential availability will trigger progress in areas where the exploitation of complexity can be beneficial.