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Special Issue "Phenomenological Thermodynamics of Irreversible Processes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2018).
Interests: continuum mechanics and thermodynamics; theoretical fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics; granular flows and avalanches, debris flow; multiphase flows; interface flows; rheology/flows of non-Newtonian fluids; hydrodynamics of lakes and limnology
Interests: continuum mechanics and thermodynamics; environmental fluid mechanics; physical oceanography and limnology; dynamics of glaciers and ice sheets; mechanics of granular materials; avalanching flows of snow; debris and mud; turbulence
Modern continuum thermodynamics amount to a collection of thermodynamic theories shearing common premises and a common methodology. There are theories of elastic, viscous and/or plastic materials, of materials with memory, of mixture and multiphase materials with microstructure or (multi)polar structures, some exhibiting discontinuous behavior or ordered structures (such as laminar versus turbulent patches). Generally, in the context of each theory, one considers all processes (compatible with classical conservation laws) that bodies composed of the prescribed material might admit. Moreover, there exist for the theoretical formulation universal physical principles, such as invariance and objectivity requirements, that have been abstracted from experience. Therefore, one can reduce the generality of the constitutive relations of dependent material variables by relying upon these principles. One of the most important principles is the second law of thermodynamics, one form of which is expressed by the entropy principle(s)—there are more than one—which are employed to describe the dissipative nature of the thermodynamic processes.
As just stated, there are various approaches to irreversible thermodynamics. Phenomenological thermodynamics is concerned with the analysis of actual phenomena with avoidance of full interpretation of molecular details by microscopic processes. Beyond the use of the established physical laws, this affords the postulation of closure statements (each at the generality of the model formulation for which the model is exploited). All these laws express some notion of irreversibility and the implications drawn from them necessarily differ from each other.
Entropy principles have been widely employed to restrict constitutive equations for various materials. The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a platform for compiling important recent and current researches on the applications of entropy principles in postulating material relations in various practical problems. Manuscripts that address these applications are particularly encouraged. Manuscripts that deal with other aspects in irreversible thermodynamic processes are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Yongqi Wang
Prof. Dr. Kolumban Hutter
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- Entropy principle
- Irreversible processes
- Irreversible thermodynamics
- Second law of thermodynamics
- Material relations Constitutive equations