Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and the Kinetics of Vitrification

  • Iwan Gutzow
  • Jürn Schmelzer


The preceding discussion in chapter 2 concerning the nature of the vitreous state has led to the conclusion that glasses are frozen-in non-equilibrium systems. Non-equilibrium systems cannot be described in the framework of classical thermodynamics, which is restricted in its scope to equilibrium states and quasistatic processes between them.


Cool Rate Vapor Pressure Vitreous State Thermodynamic Function Stabilization Process 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Iwan Gutzow
    • 1
  • Jürn Schmelzer
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Physical ChemistryBulgarian Academy of SciencesSofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Fachbereich Physik der Universität RostockUniversität RostockRostockGermany

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