Constructal Design of High-Conductivity Inserts

  • J. A. Souza
  • J. C. OrdonezEmail author
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


Bejan presented the Constructal Theory by solving an optimization problem for the cooling of a heat generating volume [1]. The proposed problem was “how to collect and channel to one point the heat generated volumetrically in a low conductivity volume of given size.” The proposed approach defined an elemental construct for which the geometry was optimized. The elemental construct had rectangular shape and consisted of two regions: one region with a low-conductivity material and heat generation and a second region with high-conductivity material that was used to conduct the generated heat to the exterior through one end (Fig. 6.1a). The fraction of high-conductivity material was fixed. More complex forms (assemblies) were obtained by combining the optimized elemental form as shown in Fig. 6.1b–d.


Heat Source Domain Wall Computational Domain Heat Generation Heat Sink 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Advanced Power SystemsFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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