Project Details Experimental Thermodynamics Volume IX: B, Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Applications

Project No.:
Start Date:
01 December 2013
End Date:
01 June 2016


The intent of this project is to update and supplement two previous books both published under the auspices of IUPAC and these are as follows:

  1. Experimental Thermodynamics III, Measurement of the Transport Properties of Fluids, edited by W.A. Wakeham, A. Nagashima and J.V. Sengers; and
  2. Transport Properties of Fluids: Their Correlation, Prediction and Estimation, edited by Jurgen Millat, J.H. Dymond and C.A. Nieto de Castro.

Item 1 was published in 1990 and item 2 in 1996. These texts are available in libraries only and not always easily accessible to the intended practitioners within academia, government and industry.  Furthermore, the material is at least 20 years old and there have been substantial new developments to be brought to the attention of the same audience.

The intent of overall project is to update and supplement, without repetition of the previous material, the earlier work with respect to both the state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical methods for the transport properties of fluids in the following three focused volumes:

  • Volume A, entitled ‘Advances in Transport Properties’ will be predominantly, but not exclusively, aimed at academic audience (see IUPAC project 2011-051-1-100;
  • Volume B will be entitled ‘Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Applications’ (this project); and
  • Volume C is intended for the users of transport property data in industry and will, at least in part, rely on the content of Volume A and be entitled ‘Applied Transport Properties’.


The book will build upon the existence of the previous IUPAC texts in the series Experimental Thermodynamics, but will not repeat material contained there. Volume B: Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics and Applications will include recent developments in the theory of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and its applications. Four chapters are devoted to the foundations; an overview chapter is followed by recent results addressing the underlying principles of the theory.

The applications are concerned with bulk systems, with heterogeneous systems, where interfaces are central and with process units in industry where entropy production minimization is useful.

A collection of papers under the heading mesoscopic non-equilibrium thermodynamics, gives in the end an overview of extensions of the theory into the non-linear regime.


book-RSC9781782622543Nov 2015 update: The book ultimately titled “Experimental Thermodynamics Volume X : Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics with Applications” and edited by Dick Bedeaux, Signe Kjelstrup, and Jan Sengers has been published by RSC (Print ISBN: 978-1-78262-024-2); DOI:10.1039/9781782622543


The preparation of the 3rd volume ‘Applied Transport Properties’ is being reconsidered and postponed.

Project completed

Last update 1 June 2016