Beth, as you note, it was a potentially dangerous situation. It could also have been expensive for the Air Force. That equipment is very expensive and complex. Finding issues with it would have been costly.
It is interesting how construction problems come up in almost any project. Even though the contractors work to code, there are often problems like those discussed here. Perhaps there needs to be some sort of acceptance testing defined.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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