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Entropy generation minimization: The new thermodynamics of finite-size devices and finite-time processes

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Bejan, A
Published in: Journal of Applied Physics
February 1, 1996

Entropy generation minimization (finite time thermodynamics, or thermodynamic optimization) is the method that combines into simple models the most basic concepts of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. These simple models are used in the optimization of real (irreversible) devices and processes, subject to finite-size and finite-time constraints. The review traces the development and adoption of the method in several sectors of mainstream thermal engineering and science: cryogenics, heat transfer, education, storage systems, solar power plants, nuclear and fossil power plants, and refrigerators. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental and technological importance of the optimization method and its results, the pedagogical merits of the method, and the chronological development of the field. © 1996 American Institute of Physics.

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Journal of Applied Physics

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0021-8979

Publication Date

February 1, 1996

Volume

79

Issue

3

Start / End Page

1191 / 1218

Related Subject Headings

  • Applied Physics
  • 51 Physical sciences
  • 49 Mathematical sciences
  • 40 Engineering
  • 09 Engineering
  • 02 Physical Sciences
  • 01 Mathematical Sciences
 

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Bejan, A. (1996). Entropy generation minimization: The new thermodynamics of finite-size devices and finite-time processes. Journal of Applied Physics, 79(3), 1191–1218. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.362674
Bejan, A. “Entropy generation minimization: The new thermodynamics of finite-size devices and finite-time processes.” Journal of Applied Physics 79, no. 3 (February 1, 1996): 1191–1218. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.362674.
Bejan, A. “Entropy generation minimization: The new thermodynamics of finite-size devices and finite-time processes.” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 79, no. 3, Feb. 1996, pp. 1191–218. Scopus, doi:10.1063/1.362674.
Journal cover image

Published In

Journal of Applied Physics

DOI

ISSN

0021-8979

Publication Date

February 1, 1996

Volume

79

Issue

3

Start / End Page

1191 / 1218

Related Subject Headings

  • Applied Physics
  • 51 Physical sciences
  • 49 Mathematical sciences
  • 40 Engineering
  • 09 Engineering
  • 02 Physical Sciences
  • 01 Mathematical Sciences