Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 34, Issue 5–6, pp 1039–1045 | Cite as

A thermodynamic variational principle in nonlinear systems far from equilibrium

  • Yasuji Sawada


The simplest viewpoint of nonlinear systems far from equilibrium suggests that the state of maximum entropy production is most stable among various possible metastable states under external perturbation for immobile boundaries, and that the shape with maximum increasing rate of entropy production is stabilized for mobile boundaries. Examples of computer simulation are demonstrated for a chemical structure and a growing random pattern.

Key words

Relative stability metastable states maximum entropy production growing random pattern surface kinetic dimension 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yasuji Sawada
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  1. 1.Research Institute of Electrical CommunicationTohoku UniversitySendaiJapan

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