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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