Nonequilibrium thermodynamics in engineering and science

Yaşar Demirel, Stanley I. Sandler

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Abstract

The field of nonequilibrium thermodynamics has been a popular one outside the United States, especially in Europe, and scientists there from various disciplines have published extensively on the use of nonequilibrium thermodynamics in a large variety of biological, chemical, and mechanical engineering applications. In contrast, the number of publications from North America has been relatively modest. Here, we review the field of nonequilibrium thermodynamics to assess its utility and impact in engineering and science. We find that developments in the fields thermodynamic optimality of processes, dissipative structures, coupled transport and rate processes, and biological systems suggest that in some circumstances nonequilibrium thermodynamics can be quite useful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-43
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume108
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 8 2004

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Nonequilibrium thermodynamics in engineering and science. / Demirel, Yaşar; Sandler, Stanley I.

In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 108, No. 1, 08.01.2004, p. 31-43.

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Demirel, Y & Sandler, SI 2004, 'Nonequilibrium thermodynamics in engineering and science', Journal of Physical Chemistry B, vol. 108, no. 1, pp. 31-43.
Demirel, Yaşar ; Sandler, Stanley I. / Nonequilibrium thermodynamics in engineering and science. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 2004 ; Vol. 108, No. 1. pp. 31-43.
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