Beyond Equilibrium Thermodynamics fills a niche in the market by providing a comprehensive introduction to a new, emerging topic in the field. The importance of non--equilibrium thermodynamics is addressed in order to fully understand how a system works, whether it is in a biological system like the brain or a system that develops plastic. In order to fully grasp the subject, the book clearly explains the physical concepts and mathematics involved, as well as presenting problems and solutions; over 200 exercises and answers are included. Engineers, scientists, and applied mathematicians can all use the book to address their problems in modelling, calculating, and understanding dynamic responses of materials.
"This book would?serve graduate students in engineering and scientists working in the this field." (Materials and Manufacturing Processes, May 2006)
"It is really very fortunate that Hans Christian Öttinger?one of the prominent researchers in the field?[has] produced the present book. I am convinced that it will be of use for many readers and will have a big impact on future developments in the field." (Applied Rheology, Volume 15, Issue 2, 2005)
Symbols and Notation.
PART I: PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH.
3. Linear Irreversible Thermodynamics.
4. Complex Fluids.
5. Relativistic Hydrodynamics.
PART II: STATISTICAL APPROACH.
6. Projection-Operator Method.
7. Kinetic Theory of Gases.
Appendix A: Crash-Course on Equilibrium Thermodynamics.
Appendix B: Mechanics and Geometry.
Appendix C: Functional Derivatives.
Appendix D: Quantum Systems.
Appendix E: List of Applications of Beyond-Equilibrium Thermodynamics.
Appendix F: Solutions to Exercises.