Representation of irreversible systems in a metric thermodynamic phase space 1

This paper studies geometric properties of a class of irreversible dynamical systems, referred to in the literature as metriplectic systems. This class of systems, related to generalized (or dissipative) Hamiltonian systems, are generated by a conserved component and a dissipative component and appear, for example, in non-equilibrium thermodynamics. In non… (More)