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Electromagnetism of Continuous MediaMathematical Modelling and Applications$
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Mauro Fabrizio and Angelo Morro

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198527008

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527008.001.0001

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Thermodynamics of simple electromagnetic systems

Thermodynamics of simple electromagnetic systems

(p.195) Chapter 5 Thermodynamics of simple electromagnetic systems
Electromagnetism of Continuous Media

Mauro Fabrizio

Morro Angelo

Oxford University Press

The laws of thermodynamics play a central role in two respects: they characterize the admissible constitutive equations and single out function spaces where the mathematical problems find a natural setting. This chapter gives an overview of the laws of thermodynamics for thermoelectromagnetic processes. A detailed derivation is provided of the restrictions placed by the second law on linear electromagnetic systems with memory. Motivated by the intrinsic nonuniqueness, specific forms are also determined for free enthalpies and free energies of dielectrics and conductors (with memory). A model and the thermodynamic restrictions are given for dissipative interfaces.

Keywords:   electromagnetic systems, thermodynamic laws, thermodynamic restrictions, history spaces, dissipative interfaces

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