Are Onsager's reciprocal relations necessary to apply Thermodynamic Extremal Principles?

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Onsager's Reciprocal Relations between thermodynamic forces and fluxes, for which Onsager was awarded the Nobel Prize, automatically follow from Thermodynamic Extremal Principles. Thus, the Principles are up to now non-applicable for the treatment of experimentally determined or theoretically modeled non-reciprocal systems as e.g. those in the magnetic field. However, we can demonstrate that adding of a certain barrier constraint as bilinear form of thermodynamic forces and fluxes accounted by the Thermodynamic Extremal Principles provides to non-reciprocal relations between the thermodynamic forces and fluxes. Such a novel idea may contribute to a better understanding of physics behind non-reciprocal systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103780
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the mechanics and physics of solids
Issue numberFebruary
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Nov 2019

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