Business & Economics :: Design, Engineering & Construction
September 10, 2013
Why Big Always Wins: Examining Economies of Scale
Origami teaches one of the fundamental tenets of chemical engineering
Mark E. Jones The Dow Chemical Company
Bigger is better. That simple statement summarizes one of the fundamental principles of chemical engineering. All engineers need an occasional reminder of this truism and can be aided by a tactile exercise that shows the inescapability of the bigger-is-better mentality. Origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, provides a simple means to illustrate that bigger truly is better in cases where the capital efficiency of containing and moving material is the critical parameter....
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