Thermodynamics of Deformation in Structured Media
With the advent of an era which is making increasing industrial and scientific use of composite materials and materials whose properties on the crystalline, polycrystalline or fibrous level are crucial to their response characteristics, not enough is known concerning the thermodynamics of deformation in such materials. For such materials, the thermodynamics applied to equilibrium situations, alternatively known as thermostatics, is well established with its subject matter admirably verified through the use of statistical mechanics. The situation is quite different, however, in the case of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, which may be referred to as the thermodynamics of processes with the implication that it applies to irreversible phenomena.
KeywordsMaster Equation Equilibrium Distribution Thermodynamic State Phase Density State Varia
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