Understanding Complex Systems

Constructal Law and the Unifying Principle of Design

Editors: Rocha, Luiz, Lorente, Sylvie, Bejan, Adrian (Eds.)

  • Captures a world-wide movement toward design as science
  • Unifies physics and biology, and discusses the place of the Constructal Law in physics and thermodynamics
  • Features an interdisciplinary approach that spans engineering, physics, biology, and the social sciences
  • Demonstrates that a single law governs design of disparate phenomena
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Design happens everywhere, whether in animate objects (e.g., dendritic lung structures, bacterial colonies, and corals), inanimate patterns (river basins, beach slope, and dendritic crystals), social dynamics (pedestrian traffic flows), or engineered systems (heat dissipation in electronic circuitry). This “design in nature” often takes on remarkably similar patterns, which can be explained under one unifying Constructal Law. This book explores the unifying power of the Constructal Law and its applications in all domains of design generation and evolution, ranging from biology and geophysics to globalization, energy, sustainability, and security. 

The Constructal Law accounts for the universal tendency of flow systems to morph into evolving configurations that provide greater and easier access over time. The Constructal Law resolves the many and contradictory ad hoc statements of “optimality”, end design, and destiny in nature, such as minimum and maximum entropy production and minimum and maximum flow resistance, and also explains the designs that are observed and copied in biomimetics.

Constructal Law and the Unifying Principle of Design covers the fundamentals of Constructal Theory and Design, as well as presenting a variety of state-of-the-art applications. Experts from the biological, physical and social sciences demonstrate the unification of all design phenomena in nature, and apply this knowledge to novel designs in modern engineering, such as vascularization for self-healing and self-cooling materials for aircraft, and tree fins and cavities for heat transfer enhancement.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • The Constructal Design of Humanity on the Globe

    Bejan, A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Toward a Quantitative Unifying Theory of Natural Design of Flow Systems: Emergence and Evolution

    Miguel, A. F.

    Pages 21-39

  • Leaf Shapes and Venation Patterns

    Reis, A. H.

    Pages 41-49

  • Drainage Basins Evolution with Non-erodible Regions

    Errera, M. R. (et al.)

    Pages 51-68

  • Software Evolution and the Constructal Law

    Périn, S.

    Pages 69-89

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constructal Law and the Unifying Principle of Design
Editors
  • Luiz Rocha
  • Sylvie Lorente
  • Adrian Bejan
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-5049-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-5049-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-5048-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9840-8
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 330
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