Theory of Macroscopic Systems

A Unified Approach for Engineers, Chemists and Physicists

  • Cor Ouwerkerk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
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    Pages 1-3
  3. Cor Ouwerkerk
    Pages 4-37
  4. Cor Ouwerkerk
    Pages 38-57
  5. Cor Ouwerkerk
    Pages 59-93
  6. Cor Ouwerkerk
    Pages 94-121
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    Pages 123-133
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  10. Cor Ouwerkerk
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  11. Cor Ouwerkerk
    Pages 196-233
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 234-249

About this book


This book deals with the theory of macroscopic systems. Traditionally this theory has been fragmented over a number of disciplines like thermodynamics, physical transport phenomena, sometimes referred to as non-equilibrium or irreversible thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, chemical reaction engineering and heat and power engineering. This fragmentation, the different approaches followed in presenting theory, e.g. the inductive approach as opposed to the postulational approach in textbooks on thermodynamics, many alternative representations of equations and differences in notation make it cumbersome to discern a single coherent theory of macroscopic systems. The idea of this book is to present the theory of macroscopic systems as a unified theory with equations strictly developed from a single set of principles and concepts. The book is an attempt to bridge gaps between the various disciplines. It can serve as a textbook, refresher or reference book to students of an advanced level in various disciplines, to scientists and to practising engineers working in design and development. It provides rigorous equations and their possible simplifications for use in computer models for scale-up or optimisation. Topics like exergy analysis and multi­ component diffusion are included. The principles and concepts in the theory of macroscopic systems com­ prise in addition to the mole and mass balances over a system, the balance equations for the fundamental extensive properties momentum, energy and entropy as well as the phenomenological laws on asymptotic phase behaviour and molecular transport.


Thermodynamik Transporterscheinung Zustandsgröße computer design development dynamics exergy mechanics optimization thermodynamics transport

Authors and affiliations

  • Cor Ouwerkerk
    • 1
  1. 1.NoordwijkThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-51575-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-75010-6
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