According to Prof. Adrian Bejan views, captured into this article published by Aerospace America, a fundamental law of physics will prevent the Personal Aircraft revolution to happen.
The passenger drones, sky taxis, and other personal aircraft names are buzzing and exciting the aviation industry – but Prof. Bejan explains us that flying is for faster travel over long distances, and not for short distances. In this last case, the economical movement is on land, and it is slower.
These concluding observations presented by Prof. Adrian Bejan, were recorded at the end of the NSF workshop at Villanova University on “Constructal Theory: after 20 Years of Exploration and what the Future Holds”.
This video will guide you through the decades of development of Constructal theory, since its very inception in Adrian Bejan student’s research work in buckling theory – and his, already, innovative understanding of, and approach to, this field of research.
This video released by the Franklin Institute celebrate Prof. Adrian Bejan’s award by retracing the personal history of Adrian Bejan and the origin and development of his constructal theory: from small electronics coolong to the explanation of how natural systems branch and flow.
Since 1824 (77 years longer than the Nobel Prizes), The Franklin Institute has been recognizing scientists and engineers – such as Prof. Adrian Bejan – who have changed the world, and our lives.
Adrian Bejan: “Everything is evolution“. Credit: The Franklin Institute
The Award from the Benjamin Franklin Institute honors the Duke University professor’s development of Constructal theory, which predicts natural design and its evolution in engineering, scientific, and social systems.
Adrian Bejan, the J.A. Jones Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University.
Credit: Duke University
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”
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.
Online registration and information:
The Franklin Institute Awards
– “Constructal Theory: What the future holds”
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.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/Bejan-Symposium
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.”
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.
This article in French, from the October publication of Science & Vie, provides an interview of professor Adrian Bejan regarding the views of Constructal theory on animal movements.
The article present also in greater details the theory of Ulrich Brose on maximal animal speed.
In this recent article from Quartz, Ephrat Livni briefly reviews the global framework of Constructal theory, and interviews Adrian Bejan, with a specific focus on the application of his theory to social sciences.