Recent Submissions

  • Physically similar systems: A history of the concept 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Springer, 2017)
    The concept of similar systems arose in physics, and appears to have originated with Newton in the seventeenth century. This chapter provides a critical history of the concept of physically similar systems, the twentieth ...
  • Experimentation on analogue models 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (2015-05-31)
    Analogue models are actual physical setups used to model something else. They are especially useful when what we wish to investigate is difficult to observe or experiment upon due to size or distance in space or time: ...
  • Kinds of models 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (2003-03-20)
    In this paper, I survey a broad variety of models with an eye to asking what kind of model each is in the following sense: in virtue of what is each of them regarded as a model? It will be seen that when we classify models ...
  • Similarity and dimensional analysis 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Elsevier/North-Holland, 2009)
    The importance of similarity in comprehending things and reasoning about them was recognized before the time of Plato. Similarity continues to be important in philosophy, science, and technology to this day. The historical ...
  • Models of machines and models of phenomena 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Taylor & Francis, 2006-01)
    Experimental engineering models have been used both to model general phenomena, such as the onset of turbulence in fluid flow, and to predict the performance of machines of particular size and configuration in particular ...
  • Physical models and fundamental laws: Using one piece of the world to tell about another 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Springer-Verlag, 2002-03-01)
    In this paper I discuss the relationship between model, theories, and laws in the practice of experimental scale modeling. The methodology of experimental scale modeling, also known as physical similarity, differs ...
  • The morals of model-making 

    Sterrett, Susan G. (Elsevier, 2013-12-17)
    I address questions about values in model-making in engineering, specifically: Might the role of values be attributable solely to interests involved in specifying and using the model? Selected examples illustrate the ...