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What is thermodynamics and what is it for?

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  • Péter Ván

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    (Department of Energy Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary)

  • Gyula Gróf

    (Department of Energy Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary)

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    Thermodynamics - contrary to its name - is not a dynamic theory. However, some relatively new developments, like finite time, endo-reversible or ordinary thermodynamics introduce time into thermostatics. In this framework the Second Law becomes a set of conditions ensuring the asymptotic stability of equilibrium. In this manuscript some examples are shown, how this basic conceptual change can lead to a profound understanding.

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    Article provided by Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage: http://indecs.eu in its journal Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 66-72

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    Handle: RePEc:zna:indecs:v:10:y:2012:i:2:p:66-72

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    Keywords: thermodynamics; thermostatics; time;

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