Thermodynamic Flow

Javier García-Germán

A thermodynamic flow occurs whenever there is an energy difference —a temperature, pressure or height gradient— between two systems.

For instance, in an air transfer there should be either a pressure or a temperature gradient between a source and a sink. In addition, all thermodynamic flow is spontaneous and irreversible: whenever there is a gradient, an inevitable thermodynamic flow is generated which tends to equalize the energy difference between both systems.

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