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Technology Change and the Rise of New Industries$
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Jeffrey L. Funk

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783859

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783859.001.0001

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Geometrical Scaling

Geometrical Scaling

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(p.41) 3 Geometrical Scaling
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Technology Change and the Rise of New Industries
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783859.003.0003

Geometrical scaling refers to the relationship between the geometry of a technology, its scale, and the physical laws that govern it. This chapter, which focuses on geometrical scaling as a method of achieving improvements in a technology's cost and performance, uses data on cost versus scale, and the fact that the scales of some technologies were dramatically increased or decreased over time to show the potential benefits from geometrical scaling. It details these benefits for four types of technologies: (1) production equipment; (2) energy systems; (3) transportation equipment; and (4) electronics.

Keywords:   geometrical scaling, technology, cost, scale, production equipment, energy systems, transportation equipment, electronics

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