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The bionic relationship between transpiration in vascular plants and heat pipe

Authors
Journal
Mathematical Biosciences
0025-5564
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
14
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0025-5564(72)90083-1
Disciplines
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Abstract

Abstract The relationship between the transpiration system in vascular plants and the heat pipe viewed from the standpoint of bionics—the science of systems whose function is based on living systems. The fact that the two systems are identical is brought out by a mathematical model based on equilibrium and nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Both energy conversion devices are found to be thermal pumps operating in a special mode.

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