• Rush D. RobinettIII
  • David G. Wilson
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


In this chapter, the basic concepts of thermodynamics required to support the development of necessary and sufficient conditions for stability of a class of nonlinear systems, Hamiltonian natural systems and adiabatic irreversible work processes, are reviewed.


Entropy Production Lyapunov Stability Entropy Production Rate Hamiltonian Mechanic Stable Equilibrium State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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