Modeling Multi-Level Systems

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Springer, Feb 5, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 232 pages

This book is devoted to modeling of multi-level complex systems, a challenging domain for engineers, researchers and entrepreneurs, confronted with the transition from learning and adaptability to evolvability and autonomy for technologies, devices and problem solving methods. Chapter 1 introduces the multi-scale and multi-level systems and highlights their presence in different domains of science and technology. Methodologies as, random systems, non-Archimedean analysis, category theory and specific techniques as model categorification and integrative closure, are presented in chapter 2. Chapters 3 and 4 describe polystochastic models, PSM, and their developments. Categorical formulation of integrative closure offers the general PSM framework which serves as a flexible guideline for a large variety of multi-level modeling problems.

Focusing on chemical engineering, pharmaceutical and environmental case studies, the chapters 5 to 8 analyze mixing, turbulent dispersion and entropy production for multi-scale systems. Taking inspiration from systems sciences, chapters 9 to 11 highlight multi-level modeling potentialities in formal concept analysis, existential graphs and evolvable designs of experiments. Case studies refer to separation flow-sheets, pharmaceutical pipeline, drug design and development, reliability management systems, security and failure analysis. Perspectives and integrative points of view are discussed in chapter 12. Autonomous and viable systems, multi-agents, organic and autonomic computing, multi-level informational systems, are revealed as promising domains for future applications.

Written for: engineers, researchers, entrepreneurs and students in chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental and systems sciences engineering, and for applied mathematicians.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Methodological Resources
11
Chapter 3 Conventional PSM Frames
35
Chapter 4 New PSM Frames
53
Chapter 5 Mixing in Chemical Reactors
71
Chapter 6 Compartmental Systems
95
Chapter 7 Turbulent Mixing
107
Chapter 8 Entropy
125
Chapter 9 Formal Concept Analysis
143
Chapter 10 Existential Graphs
164
Chapter 11 Evolvable Designs of Experiments
179
Chapter 12 Autonomous Systems Perspective
198
Appendices
213
Index
229
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