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Sustainability in the Design, Synthesis and Analysis of Chemical Engineering Processes by Heriberto Cabezas, Gerardo Ruiz Mercado

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Chapter Eight

Sustainable System Dynamics

A Complex Network Analysis

U. Diwekar     Vishwamitra Research Institute, Crystal Lake, IL, United States

Abstract

Sustainability is a multidisciplinary and complex field. The models involved in studying the sustainability of our planet Earth are often complex and pose challenging analysis problems. This chapter presented the integrated models of sustainability of a rudimentary ecosystem, economic components, and social aspects. Complex network analysis offers a pathway to analyze these models. Given that we are heading toward an unsustainable regime, the system needs to be brought toward sustainability by using optimal techno-socio-economic policies. Optimal control theory provides the ability to forecast ...

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