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Entropy 2010, 12(5), 996-1005; doi:10.3390/e12050996
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The Maximum Entropy Production Principle and Linear Irreversible Processes

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1 Faculty of Science, University of Split, Teslina 12, 21000 Split, Croatia 2 Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Koroška cesta 160, SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia
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Received: 13 March 2010 / Accepted: 23 April 2010 / Published: 27 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

It is shown that Onsager’s principle of the least dissipation of energy is equivalent to the maximum entropy production principle. It is known that solutions of the linearized Boltzmann equation make extrema of entropy production. It is argued, in the case of stationary processes, that this extremum is a maximum rather than a minimum.
Keywords: entropy production; linear nonequilibrium thermodynamics; linearized Boltzmann equation entropy production; linear nonequilibrium thermodynamics; linearized Boltzmann equation
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Županović, P.; Kuić, D.; Lošić, Ž.B.; Petrov, D.; Juretić, D.; Brumen, M. The Maximum Entropy Production Principle and Linear Irreversible Processes. Entropy 2010, 12, 996-1005.

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