Constructal Theory: What the future holds – NSF Workshop and Franklin Institute Symposium

Two tightly linked events are being organized to celebrate 20 years of research and development of the Constructal Theory – register online to participate and celebrate!

NSF Symposium – “Constructal Theory: After 20 years of exploration and what the future holds”

What the future holds - NSF

This one-and-a-haf-day symposium will bring speakers from both the industry and the academy at the Villanova University, Tuesday and Wednesday the 17th and 18th of April, 2018: Program of the Villanova Workshop.

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The Franklin Institute Awards

– “Constructal Theory: What the future holds”

What the future holds - FI Half-day symposium, April 18, 2018, afternoon, as a tribute to the recent Franklin Institute Award granted to Professor Adrian Bejan: Program of the Villanova symposium.

Price: Free and open to the public – registration required. Refreshments will be served.

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Mixed Mental Art Ep. 297 – The Physics Of Life: Prof Adrian Bejan Enters The Dojo

Listen to this one-hour-long podcast, where Prof. Adrian Bejan discuss how he went to discover the Constructal Law : “Growing up in Soviet-controlled Romania, Adrian Bejan found himself living in system that tried to prevent of ideas, money, goods and people.

It’s only fitting then that his career would not only see him bridging the divide between disciplines but studying flow itself. 

In 1995 while designing more efficient cooling systems for electronics, he was struck by the similarity between the systems that he was designing and those that occur naturally in riverbeds, capillary systems, leaves and much, much more.

And so, the constructal law was born.



Adrian Bejan named 2018 Franklin Institute Award laureate

The Franklin Institute have recognized accomplishments in science and technology since 1824, and awarded since then researchers such as  Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Pierre and Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Gordon Moore, among others.

This year, Prof. Adrian Bejan will be the recipient of the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering, for his work in this field, and thus especially for the development of Constructal Theory.

The Franklin Institute Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018.


La loi Constructale et sa place dans la thermodynamique

This french article has been published by Techniques de l’Ingénieur, and was written by Sylvie Lorente and Adrian Bejan.

The authors define and present the Constructal law as the law of physics that accounts for the natural tendency of all flow systems (animate or inanimate) to evolve into configurations that offer progressively greater flow access over time.

This article shows what make the Constructal law a part of thermodynamics, and that the domains covered by this new law of Physics are broad, ranging from fluid flows to heat and mass transfer.




Physics describes how income inequality happens…

 … but can it solve the problem ?

Jakky Kerubo interviews and discusses one of the last application of Constructal theory: explaining how income inequality happens… But this explanation is not the end game for Adrian Bejan, who is “working on the next question: how to make the distribution of assets less unequal. It involves regulation, but with greater non-monetary contribution from individuals“.