Complexity biomechanics: a case study of dragonfly wing design from constituting composite material to higher structural levels.

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Toofani, A., Eraghi, S., Basti, A and Rajabi Jorshari, H. (2024). Complexity biomechanics: a case study of dragonfly wing design from constituting composite material to higher structural levels. Interface Focus. 14, p. 20230060. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2023.0060
AuthorsToofani, A., Eraghi, S., Basti, A and Rajabi Jorshari, H.
AbstractPresenting a novel framework for sustainable and regenerative design and development is a fundamental future need. Here we argue that a new framework, referred to as complexity biomechanics, which can be used for holistic analysis and understanding of natural mechanical systems, is key to fulfilling this need. We also present a roadmap for the design and development of intelligent and complex engineering materials, mechanisms, structures, systems, and processes capable of automatic adaptation and self-organization in response to ever-changing environments. We apply complexity biomechanics to elucidate how the different structural components of a complex biological system as dragonfly wings, from ultrastructure of the cuticle, the constituting bio-composite material of the wing, to higher structural levels, collaboratively contribute to the functionality of the entire wing system. This framework not only proposes a paradigm shift in understanding and drawing inspiration from natural systems but also holds potential applications in various domains, including materials science and engineering, biomechanics, biomimetics, bionics, and engineering biology. [Abstract copyright: © 2024 The Author(s).]
Keywordsbiological composites; collective intelligence; cuticle; holistic biomimetics; complexity theory
Year2024
JournalInterface Focus
Journal citation14, p. 20230060
PublisherThe Royal Society
ISSN2042-8901
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2023.0060
Web address (URL)https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsfs.2023.0060
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Deposited02 May 2024
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