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Self-engineering – Technological Challenges

Roy, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5491-7437 & Brooks, S. J. ORCID: 0000-0002-5712-7358 (2020). Self-engineering – Technological Challenges. In: Karabegovic, I. (Ed.), New Technologies, Development and Application III (Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems). (pp. 16-30). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-46817-0_2


Engineered products are becoming more complex and need longer lifetime availability; there is a need for new approaches in maintaining, repairing and overhaul (MRO). This paper presents the concept of self-engineering; the aim is to preserve the functions of a product or system and extend its lifetime and automate MRO processes. New developments in self-healing materials, self-reconfiguring electronics and robotics, which are already or could be self-engineering systems, are reviewed. Biological healing and repair mechanisms are discussed as a potential source of inspiration for new self-engineering systems. Examples of biological self-engineering are presented. Key technological challenges and research questions which need to be addressed in future self-engineering research are discussed throughout.

Publication Type: Book Section
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Publisher Keywords: Self-engineering, Through-life engineering services, Repair, Maintenance, Self-healing
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering > Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics
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