Shape And Structure, From Engineering To Nature by Adrian BejanShape And Structure, From Engineering To Nature by Adrian Bejan

Shape And Structure, From Engineering To Nature

byAdrian Bejan

Hardcover | October 16, 2000

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Seemingly universal geometric forms unite the flow systems of engineering and nature. In this groundbreaking book, Adrian Bejan considers the design and optimization of engineered systems and discovers a relationship to the generation of geometric form in natural systems. The idea that shape and structure spring from the struggle for better performance in both engineering and nature is the basis of his new constructal theory: the objective and constraints principle in engineering is the same mechanism underlying the geometry in natural flow systems. From heat exchangers to river channels, Bejan draws many parallels between the engineered and natural worlds. Numerous illustrations, examples, and homework problems make this an ideal text for engineering design courses. Its provocative ideas will also appeal to a broad range of readers in engineering, natural sciences, economics, and business.
Title:Shape And Structure, From Engineering To NatureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:362 pages, 9.96 × 6.97 × 0.83 inPublished:October 16, 2000Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521790492

ISBN - 13:9780521790499


Table of Contents

1. Natural form, questioning, and theory; 2. Mechanical structure; 3. Thermal structure; 4. Heat trees; 5. Fluid trees; 6. Ducts and rivers; 7. Turbulent structure; 8. Convective trees; 9. Structure in power systems; 10. Structure in time: rhythm; 11. Transportation and economics structure; 12. Shapes with constant resistance; About the author; Author index; Subject index.

Editorial Reviews

"...this is a useful book for a general course on efficiency in design, both on the undergraduate and graduate level." - Helmut Kirchner, Pageoph