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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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Comments (1) for Why Big Always Wins: Examining Economies of Scale
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Dear Mr. Jones,
Thank you for an interesting article. I presented at the Light Metals conference in San Diego in 2011 a paper that I wrote on the same topic in relation to the industry I have been active in for more than 30 years (alumina refining). Interestingly I come to a different conclusions. Please let me know if you would be interested to receive a copy.
Best Regards,
Peter-Hans ter Weer
Posted by Peter-Hans ter Weer on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 @ 04:19 PM

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