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Design With Constructal Theory: Vascularized Composites for Volumetric Cooling

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Sunwoo Kim, Adrian Bejan

Duke University, Durham, NC

Sylvie Lorente

Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Toulouse, France

Paper No. IMECE2008-66334, pp. 437-444; 8 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8: Energy Systems: Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; Sustainable Products and Processes
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4869-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Constructal theory complements the analysis of thermodynamic systems by focusing on the flow configuration of the system, and on the relationship between configuration (design) and global performance. The design progress made in this emerging field is reviewed in a new book [1]. In this paper we outline our progress on developing flow architectures for a new class of smart materials: composites with vascular channels that provide volumetric flowing (bathing) and cooling.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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