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Progress in study on constructal theory and its applications
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The emergence and development of constructal theory, which has been a new discipline branch to research sorts of structures in nature and engineering, are reviewed. The core of the constructal theory is that various shapes and structures of the matters in nature are generated from the tendency to obtain optimal performance. Constructal theory and its application are summarized, from disciplines such as heat, mechanism, fluid flow, electricity, magnetism and chemistry, to life and nonlife systems in nature.
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 Title
 Progress in study on constructal theory and its applications
 Journal

Science China Technological Sciences
Volume 55, Issue 3 , pp 802820
 Cover Date
 20120301
 DOI
 10.1007/s1143101147019
 Print ISSN
 16747321
 Online ISSN
 18691900
 Publisher
 SP Science China Press
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 Topics
 Keywords

 constructal theory
 generalized thermodynamic optimization
 ‘volumepoint’ model
 heat transfer
 heat and mass transfer
 fluid flow
 transport engineering
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 Authors

 LinGen Chen ^{(1)}
 Author Affiliations

 1. College of Naval Architecture and Power, Naval University of Engineering, Wuhan, 430033, China