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2012 年 03 月 07 日
Seminar - Constructal Theory Today by Prof. A. Bejanand Prof. S. Lorente

Date:   7 March 2012 (Wednesday)

Time:   10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Venue:  EF305, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Constructal Law states that:  “For a finite-size system to persist in time, it must evolve in such a way that it provides better and better access to the currents that flow through it’.  The Constructal Law emerges as the physics law of design in nature and unites the animate with the inanimate. Constructal Theory casts light on the relation between the architecture of flow systems and global performance. Initially born as a law of thermodynamics, the Constructal Law became a new paradigm – a philosophy of how to practice design as science. The route explored with this principle led to the discovery of efficient flow designs based on the evolutionary reduction of global flow resistances of many kinds. The constructal law was applied not only to the design of heat and fluid flow architectures but also to the flow of stresses in solid-body structures, and the hierarchical design of the tapestry of flows that cover the globe.

Professor Adrian Bejan received all his degrees from MIT: BS 1971 (Honors Course), MS 1972 (Honors Course), and PhD in 1975, all from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He has published 543 peer-reviewed articles and 25 books. He was awarded 16 doctorates Honoris Causa from universities in 11 countries.His research covers a wide range of topics in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of design in nature.

Professor Sylvie Lorente received all her degrees from INSA Toulouse France: BS and MS in Civil Engineering on 1992 and PhD in Civil Engineering on 1996. She has published 116 peer-reviewed articles and 4 books. Her research interests covers Fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, porous media, constructal theory.