Energy conservation laws

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 10:30am - 10:45am
Liping Liu (Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey )
We develop a continuum theory for thermoelectric bodies following the framework of continuum mechanics and conforming to general principles of thermodynamics. For steady states, the governing equations for local fields are intrinsically nonlinear. However, under conditions of small variations of electrochemical potential, temperature and their gradients, the governing equations may be reduced to a linear elliptic system, which can be conveniently solved to determine behaviors of thermoelectric bodies.
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