Constructal Design of Thermal Systems

  • L. A. O. RochaEmail author
  • E. D. dos Santos
  • D. C. Cunha
  • F. L. Garcia
  • G. Lorenzini
  • C. Biserni
  • M. Letzow
  • J. A. V. Costa
  • J. A. Souza
  • L. A. Isoldi
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


Constructal theory and design accounts for the universal phenomenon of generation and evolution of design [1, 2]. Constructal theory has been used to explain deterministically the generation of shape in flow structures of nature (river basins, lungs, atmospheric circulation, animal shapes, vascularized tissues, etc.) based on an evolutionary principle of flow access in time. That principle is the Constructal law: “for a flow system to persist in time “to survive,” it must evolve in such way that it provides easier and easier access to the currents that flow through it” [2]. This same principle is used to yield new designs for electronics, fuel cells, and tree networks for transport of people, goods, and information [3]. The applicability of this method/law to the physics of engineered flow systems has been widely discussed in recent literature [4–7].


Optimal Shape Volumetric Flow Rate Constructal Design Constant Thermal Conductivity Cavity Volume Fraction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. A. O. Rocha
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. D. dos Santos
    • 2
  • D. C. Cunha
    • 3
  • F. L. Garcia
    • 1
  • G. Lorenzini
    • 4
  • C. Biserni
    • 5
  • M. Letzow
    • 6
  • J. A. V. Costa
    • 7
  • J. A. Souza
    • 8
  • L. A. Isoldi
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica (DEMEC)Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Escola de Engenharia (EE)Universidade Federal de Rio Grande (FURG)Rio GrandeBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do SulRio GrandeBrazil
  4. 4.Dipartimento di Ingegneria IndustrialeUniversità degli Sudi di ParmaParmaItaly
  5. 5.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Energetica, Nucleare e del Controllo AmbientaleUniversità degli Studi di BolognaBolognaItaly
  6. 6.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Modelagem ComputacionalUniversidade Federal do Rio GrandeRio GrandeBrazil
  7. 7.Escola de Química e Engenharia de AlimentosUniversidade Federal do Rio GrandeRio GrandeBrazil
  8. 8.Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Advanced Power SystemsFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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