Equilibrium thermodynamics - Callen's postulational approach

R.J.J. Jongschaap, Hans Christian Öttinger

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In order to provide the background for nonequilibrium thermodynamics, we outline the fundamentals of equilibrium thermodynamics. Equilibrium thermodynamics must not only be obtained as a special case of any acceptable nonequilibrium generalization but, through its shining example, it also elucidates the wide scope, the emphasis on universal relationships, and the advantages of a systematic postulational approach to nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Our outline follows Callen’s widely accepted, clearly structured approach as closely as possible.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of non-newtonian fluid mechanics
Issue number96
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • METIS-128982
  • IR-73601
  • Callen’s postulational approach
  • Equilibrium thermodynamics
  • Statistical mechanics

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