A ramified or subdivided structure, self-similar at different levels.
Discovered as a mathematical structure by B. MANDELBROT, it is now used to modelize a great number of self-similar concrete systems or structures, as for example geographic features as coastlines, or river basins; networks of sismic faults; roots and branches of trees; bronchial and lungs structures. H. SABELLI observes that fractal structures, in biological systems, allows for the formation of complex and even irregular structures, starting from a quite simple genetic template.
Fractalization in structures also permits an optimum use of available space, through miniaturization or micronization.
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