WIAS Preprint No. 813, (2003)

On thermodynamic modeling and the role of the second law of thermodynamics in geophysics


  • Wilmanski, Krzysztof

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 80-01 74A99 74F10


  • thermodynamics, geophysics, poroelastic materials




The article contains a brief review of elements of thermodynamic modeling in theoretical geophysics. We motivate the existence of the second law of thermodynamics in macroscopic theoretical physics and demonstrate its evaluation. In particular we show its consequences in the construction of constitutive laws for a two-component poroelastic medium. This construction is also related to microstructural properties verified by means of the second law.

Appeared in

  • Advanced Mathematical and Computational Geomechanics, D. Kolymbas (ed.), Springer, 3--33, 2003

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