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Self-engineering Systems

Throughout a product’s life, maintenance will be needed, either predicted or not. One mission for engineers is to reduce maintenance and create robust systems.

But what if maintenance and inspection were automatically completed? A self-engineering system registers and response to a loss in its function or operation capability, and automatically takes action to return the functionality. Strategies include self-healing, self-repair, self-reconfiguration or built-in redundancy.

The initial project focuses on applying these techniques to wind turbine design.

Project aims

The project aim is to draw inspiration from existing human-made and biological self-engineering systems and utilise this knowledge to design self-engineering solutions. The objective is to reduce maintenance and servicing, and prolong product life. The initial project will focus on wind turbine design.


  • Review current literature and patents on systems with self-engineering characteristics.
  • Develop a design methodology for creating and implementing new self-engineering systems.
  • Design and build a test rig to test and demonstrate self-engineering solutions
  • Investigate bio-inspired self-engineering solutions for wind turbines


  • A review of current self-engineering technologies.
  • A design framework or methodology for self-engineering systems.
  • Design and build a test-rig to apply and test self-engineering concepts.