Simple Transport Processes

  • Philipp O. J. SchererEmail author
  • Sighart F. Fischer
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


In this chapter, we discuss simple transport processes like heat transport and diffusion in an external electric field. We discuss the fluxes of mass, energy, and entropy and their dependence on the gradients of temperature, concentration, and electrostatic potential. We derive the Nernst–Planck equation for the diffusion flux and a generalized diffusion equation for the concentration.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physikdepartment T38Technische Universität MünchenGarchingGermany

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