This book consists mainly of revised versions of the papers presented at the "Energy Systems and Technologies: as Approached from Adaptive Complexity" symposium sessions during the 4th International Conference on "New Energy Systems and Conversions" (20-30 June 1999; Osaka University, Japan), as well as some pertinent additional research reports.

In order to realise the adaptive complexity of a system, it is necessary to know the energy conversion mechanisms of the media. This book details a wide range of situations in which adaptive complexity can be applied and found, from predicting air-flow in a room to describing turbulence as a complex system. The idea of approaching both the study of energy systems and energy technologies from the adaptive complexity aspect is new, and still a very much developing field.

These pioneering articles discuss not only previous, but also pending problems.


For mechanical, civil, consulting and design engineers, building scientists, and research workers in energy conservation, alternative energy sources, and solar energy.

Table of Contents

Preface. Energy systems and adaptive complexity (T. Ohta). Applications of artificial neural-networks for energy systems (S.A. Kalogirou). Constructal theory of economics (A. Bejan et al.). Brownian motion of particles in concentrated suspensions (M. Takeo). Turbulence as a complex mechanical-system (T. Tatsumi). Probability-density function model of turbulent hydrogen flames (A.T. Hsu, G.B. He). Energy-carrier hierarchy and the interface (T. Ohta). Does a lightning channel show a fractal? (Z. Kawasaki, K. Matsuura). Mechano-catalytic overall water-splitting into hydrogen and oxygen on some metal Oxides (K. D et al.).Mechano-catalytic water-splitting (T. Ohta). Design and scale-up methodology for multi-phase reactors based on non-linear dynamics (A. Tsutsumi, R. Kikuchi). Hierarchical structure of thermodynamics (M. Ishida).


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