Understanding Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics

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Dezember 2007



This book offers a homogeneous presentation of the many faces of non-equilibrium thermodynamics. The first part is devoted to a description of the nowadays thermodynamic formalism recognized as the classical theory of non-equilibrium processes. This part of the book may serve as a basis to an introductory course dedicated to first-year graduate students in sciences and engineering. The classical description can however not be complete, as it rests on the hypothesis of local equilibrium. This has fostered the development of many theories going beyond local equilibrium and which cannot be put aside. The second part of the book is concerned with these different approaches, and will be of special interest for PhD students and researchers. For the sake of homogeneity, the authors have used the general structure and methods presented in the first part. Indeed, besides their differences, all these formalisms are not closed boxes but present some overlappings and parallelisms which are emphasized in this book. For pedagogical reasons, some problems have been analysed within the different formalisms to underline their differences and their convergences.


Equilibrium Thermodynamics: A Review.
Classical Irreversible Thermodynamics.
Coupled Transport Phenomena.
Chemical Reactions and Molecular Machines.
Finite-Time Thermodynamics.
Instabilities and Pattern Formation.
Extended Irreversible Thermodynamics.
Theories with Internal Variables.
Rational Thermodynamics.
Hamiltonian Formalisms.
Mesoscopic Thermodynamic Descriptions.


From the reviews:
"Understanding Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics is a self contained concise but rigorous book introducing the reader to the basic concepts of the thermodynamical process of the nature. ... The up-to-date references at the end of the book are valuable ... . The authors have done an excellent job in providing a clear, concise and well-presented description of the Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics. ... serve as a standard text for the students and researchers in physical sciences, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and chemical engineering and material sciences." (K. N. Shukla, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1163, 2009)
"The book gives a comprehensive overview of the existing theories on non-equilibrium thermodynamics. ... a good introduction for Ph.D. students and researchers intending to work in the field of non-equilibrium thermodynamics. ... Several books on non-equilibrium thermodynamics have been published in the last several years, but the present one fills the gap of a unique text that reviews and confronts the several approaches developed, starting from different points of view on such a complex and challenging field." (Vittorio Romano, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2010 b)
EAN: 9783540742517
ISBN: 3540742514
Untertitel: Foundations, Applications, Frontiers. 2008. Auflage. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2007
Seitenanzahl: 340 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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