Flow diagram

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Flow diagram for the production of Ammonia.

A flow diagram is a diagram representing some kind of flow. The most known is the flowchart, often also called "flow diagram" but there are more different kind of flow diagrams.

History[edit]

Earlier examples


18th century and earlier works
19th century
20th century, first half
20th century, second half
21th century

General types of flow diagrams[edit]

Flow charts[edit]

Main gallery: Flow chart.

The flowchart represents an algorithm, a process, or the step-by-step solution of a problem. See Category:Flow diagrams

Flow maps[edit]

Flow maps show the movement of objects from one location to another. See Category:Flow maps

Sankey diagram[edit]

Sankey diagram are a specific type of flow diagram, in which the width of the arrows is shown proportionally to the flow quantity. See Category:Sankey diagrams

Specific applications and specific types of diagrams[edit]

Flow diagrams in business administration and management[edit]

Accountancy diagrams
Main Category:Accounting diagrams
Business flow models
Supply chain models

Flow diagrams in economics[edit]

Economic flow diagrams
Economic circular flow diagram
Main Category:Economic circular flow diagrams

Economic circular flow diagram, since 1940s

See also

Flow diagrams in engineering[edit]

Flow diagram of production process
Process flow diagrams

A process flow diagram (PFD) is a diagram commonly used in chemical and process engineering to indicate the general flow of plant processes and equipment. See Category:Process flow diagrams

Sankey diagram

Flow diagrams in geography[edit]

Maps on different levels
global, continental, national and local

Flow diagrams in systems engineering or software engineering[edit]

Activity diagram

An activity diagram is a diagram that shows activities and actions to describe workflows. It is in fact a specific type of flowchart, which shows a sequence of activities. See Category:Activity diagrams

Business Process Modeling Notation

Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) is a standardized graphical notation for drawing business processes in a workflow. See Category:Business Process Modeling Notation

Data flow diagram

A data flow diagram is a graphical representation of the flow of data through an information system. See Category:Data flow diagrams

Function Block Diagram

A Function Block Diagram (FBD) is a diagram, that describes a function between input variables and output variables. A function is described as a set of elementary blocks. Input and output variables are connected to blocks by connection lines. See Category:Function block diagrams

Functional Flow Block Diagrams

Functional Flow Block Diagrams (FFBD) are multi-tier, time-sequenced, step-by-step flow diagram of the system’s functional flow, see Category:Functional flow block diagrams

IDEF0

IDEF0 is an Integration Definition for function Modeling, and is a common modeling technique for the analysis, development, re-engineering, and integration of information systems; business processes information modelling. See Category:IDEF0

Nassi-Shneiderman diagram

Nassi-Shneiderman diagram, see Category:Nassi-Shneiderman diagrams

Process-data diagram

A process-data diagram is a diagram that describes processes and data that act as output of these processes. See Category:Process-data diagram

UML Activity diagrams

An activity diagram in UML represents the business and operational step-by-step workflows of components in a system. An activity diagram shows the overall flow of control. See Category:UML Activity diagrams

Waterfall models
See also Category:Waterfall models

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