Quasi-Thermodynamic Stability Theory

  • Bernard H. Lavenda
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Abstract

The problem of stability lies at the very root of nonlinear thermodynamic processes. Instabilities that cause dynamic transitions in open systems are responsible for the qualitative difference between linear and nonlinear thermodynamics. In linear thermodynamics, the symmetry and positive definite forms of the matrices of certain quadratic forms prohibit particular forms of system motion and guarantee the stability of the non-equilibrium process. In nonlinear thermodynamics, this may no longer be true and consequently the problem of stability arises. Furthermore, we expect the symmetries of the phenomenological coefficient matrices to be related to the type of motion that is executed by the non-equilibrium process.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard H. Lavenda
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  1. 1.Istituto di Fisica Sperimentale della Facoltà di ScienzeUniversità di NapoliItaly

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