Thermodynamic Equilibria and Extrema: Analysis of Attainability regions and Partial Equilibrium
The book is devoted to the analysis of attainability regions and partial equilibria in physicochemical and other systems. This analysis employs the extreme models of classical equilibrium thermodynamics. Consideration is given to the problem of choosing, from the set of equilibrium states belonging to the attainability regions, that equilibrium corresponding to the extreme values of a property of interest to a researcher. For example, one might desire to maximize the concentration of target products of a chemical reaction. The problem of coordinating thermodynamics and kinetics is very important in the analysis presented.