On the Problem of Formulating Principles in Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics

Županović, Paško; Kuić, Domagoj; Juretić, Davor; Dobovišek, Andrej
April 2010
Entropy;Apr2010, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p926
Academic Journal
In this work, we consider the choice of a system suitable for the formulation of principles in nonequilibrium thermodynamics. It is argued that an isolated system is a much better candidate than a system in contact with a bath. In other words, relaxation processes rather than stationary processes are more appropriate for the formulation of principles in nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Arguing that slow varying relaxation can be described with quasi-stationary process, it is shown for two special cases, linear nonequilibrium thermodynamics and linearized Boltzmann equation, that solutions of these problems are in accordance with the maximum entropy production principle.


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