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Entropy 2010, 12(4), 926-931; doi:10.3390/e12040926
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On the Problem of Formulating Principles in Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics

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Received: 24 March 2010 / Accepted: 8 April 2010 / Published: 14 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue What Is Maximum Entropy Production and How Should We Apply It?)
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Abstract

In this work, we consider the choice of a system suitable for the formulation of principles in nonequilibrium thermodynamics. It is argued that an isolated system is a much better candidate than a system in contact with a bath. In other words, relaxation processes rather than stationary processes are more appropriate for the formulation of principles in nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Arguing that slow varying relaxation can be described with quasi-stationary process, it is shown for two special cases, linear nonequilibrium thermodynamics and linearized Boltzmann equation, that solutions of these problems are in accordance with the maximum entropy production principle.
Keywords: relaxation; stationary process; entropy production relaxation; stationary process; entropy production
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Županović, P.; Kuić, D.; Juretić, D.; Dobovišek, A. On the Problem of Formulating Principles in Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics. Entropy 2010, 12, 926-931.

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