A generalized thermodynamic approach to microrheological modelling

R.J.J. Jongschaap

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A generalized thermodynamic theory is presented which may be applied to microrheological models. The purpose of this theory is to offer a simple framework for many types of modelling at various levels of description.

The essential elements of our approach are: a specification of the subsystem in which the reversible storage of energy takes place, the way of coupling of this subsystem to the environment and a proper definition of reversible and irreversible variables. The resulting set of equations, containing a stress tensor expression a microscopic evolution equation and a microscopic equation of state are expressed in a matrix form.

Some applications of the theory to well known micro-rheological models are discussed and directions for further developments are indicated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-128
Number of pages12
JournalApplied scientific research
Publication statusPublished - 1991


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  • A Generalized Thermodynamic Approach to Microrheological Modelling

    Jongschaap, R. J. J., 1990, Integration of Theory and Applications in Applied Mechanics: Choice of papers presented at the First National Mechanics Congress, April 2–4, 1990, Rolduc, Kerkrade, The Netherlands. Dijksman, J. F. & Nieuwstadt, F. T. M. (eds.). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, p. 25-36 12 p.

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