Evolution Over the Life Span of Complex Systems

M. Pena, E.S. Ibragimova, M.K. Thompson

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The life span of artifacts can be viewed as a continuum. At one extreme, disposable materials, components
and products go from cradle to grave with very little life in between. At the other extreme, complex systems and infrastructure can stand for decades, centuries, or millennia, slowly evolving based on performance and changing stakeholder needs. This work follows the development of the Charles River Dam in Boston, Massachusetts from its inception to the present in order to explore the design issues of complex systems over the entire life cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Product Development : Proceedings of the 20th CIRP Design Conference
EditorsAlain Bernard
Publication date2010
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-15972-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-15973-2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event20th CIRP Design Conference - Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France
Duration: 19 Apr 201021 Apr 2010


Conference20th CIRP Design Conference
LocationEcole Centrale de Nantes

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