Extremum principles for irreversible processes
2006 (English)In: Acta Materialia, ISSN 1359-6454, E-ISSN 1873-2453, Vol. 54, no 8, 2063-2066 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Hamilton's extremum principle is a powerful mathematical tool in classical mechanics. Onsager's extremum principle may play a similar role in irreversible thermodynamics and may also become a valuable tool. His principle may formally be regarded as a principle of maximum rate of entropy production but does not have a clear physical interpretation. Prigogine's principle of minimum rate of entropy production has a physical interpretation when it applies, but is not strictly valid except for a very special case.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 54, no 8, 2063-2066 p.
thermodynamics, irreversible, kinetics, entropy, extremum, diffusion, systems
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15682DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2005.12.033ISI: 000237600400008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33646012958OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-15682DiVA: diva2:333724
QC 201005252010-08-052010-08-05Bibliographically approved