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From Maximum Entropy to Maximum Entropy Production: A New Approach
Entropy 2010, 12(3), 473-479; doi:10.3390/e12030473

Relaxation Processes and the Maximum Entropy Production Principle

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1 Faculty of Science, University of Split, Teslina 12, 21000 Split, Croatia 2 Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Split, R. Boškovića b.b, 21000 Split, Croatia
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Received: 19 February 2010 / Accepted: 9 March 2010 / Published: 11 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue What Is Maximum Entropy Production and How Should We Apply It?)
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Spontaneous transitions of an isolated system from one macroscopic state to another (relaxation processes) are accompanied by a change of entropy. Following Jaynes’ MaxEnt formalism, it is shown that practically all the possible microscopic developments of a system, within a fixed time interval, are accompanied by the maximum possible entropy change. In other words relaxation processes are accompanied by maximum entropy production.
Keywords: relaxation processes; MEP principle; MaxEnt formalism relaxation processes; MEP principle; MaxEnt formalism
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Županović, P.; Botrić, S.; Juretić, D.; Kuić, D. Relaxation Processes and the Maximum Entropy Production Principle. Entropy 2010, 12, 473-479.

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