Physics Law Helps Explain Evolution of Passenger Airplanes

July 23, 2014 10:59 AM

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A new study, published in the Journal of Applied Physics, uses a now-famous law of physics called the Constructal law to witness the evolution of airplane designs over time and predict the future of aerospace design.

According to Prof Adrian Bejan, the supersonic trans-Atlantic Concorde aircraft went the way of the dodo – it hit an evolutionary cul-de-sac. This image shows the British Airways Concorde in 1986. Image credit: Eduard Marmet / CC BY-SA 3.0.

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