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 microrheological models are discussed and directions for further developments are indicated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntegration of Theory and Applications in Applied Mechanics
Subtitle of host publicationChoice of papers presented at the First National Mechanics Congress, April 2–4, 1990, Rolduc, Kerkrade, The Netherlands
EditorsJ.F. Dijksman, F.T.M. Nieuwstadt
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-009-2125-2
ISBN (Print)978-94-010-7456-8
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Event1st National Mechanics Congress 1990 - Rolduc, Kerkrade, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Apr 19904 Apr 1990
Conference number: 1


Conference1st National Mechanics Congress 1990
CityRolduc, Kerkrade


  • Hydrodynamic force
  • Rheological model
  • Free energy function
  • Thermodynamic force
  • Dumbbell model


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