Thermodynamical approach

  • Danilo Capecchi
Part of the Science Networks. Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 42)


This chapter is devoted to the use of the VWL where to virtual work is given a mechanical meaning. In the first part, notes on mechanics derived from Pierre Duhem’s thermodynamics are presented. In the second part the derivation of a VWL from the law of conservation of energy is shown.


Virtual Work Virtual Displacement Ideal Transformation Passive Resistance Bilateral Constraint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Capecchi
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  1. 1.Università La SapienzaRomeItaly

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