Advanced Thermodynamics

Lecturer: Prof. Claudio Della Volpe

Timetable 2020: January - February 2020

Duration: 18 hours (2 credits)

Tutorials:

1)    The Callen approach. Fundamental functions and their properties.

2)    Some correlation with the economy production functions.

3)    The Prigogine approach. The introduction of time.

4)    The stability of a thermodynamic system. The Gibbs approach and the Liapounov approach.

5)    The endoreversible approximation and its applications.

6)    The irreversibility, its possible origin: the gravity hypothesis. (The Smolin-Ben Jacob approach).

7)    The linear regime and its stability. Onsager relations. Minimum entropy production.

8)    The non-linear regime. Oscillating systems. Is there a general evolution criterion? The MEP criterion.

9)    Some practical applications of the irreversible thermodynamics: the Ludder bands, the thermocouple, multicomponent diffusion, electrokinetic phenomena, thermoelectric phenomena, some metallurgy techniques, etc.

10) The surface thermodynamics. From Leonardo to Prigogine models of a surface. The wettability: its equations and its applications. The experimental evaluation of the contact angle. The acid-base theory of the surface tension.

Registration: in order to access the course, please send an e-mail to dicamphd [at] unitn.it