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A simple Cellular Automaton algorithm to optimise heat transfer in complex configurations

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The aim of this study is to propose a method for constructing a conductive paths topology in a 2D area-to-point and points-to-points problem. We focus here on heat conduction, with the goal of decreasing the temperature differences across a domain. We propose a method using a Cellular Automaton (CA) to reshape an initial topology by a thermal gradients attraction-repulsion mechanism. The potentiality of the generated conductive trees is proved through the temperature reductions obtained. We also propose a second law analysis of the problem. This algorithm leads to heat drains that tend to equally sustain irreversibility across the domain.

Keywords: cellular automaton, topology optimisation, heat conduction, tree networks, constructal theory, entropy maps, heat transfer, conductive paths, cooling, temperature differences, temperature reductions, heat drains, irreversibility

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