Adiabatic processes and constraints in thermoelasticity Academic Article uri icon


  • An approach to the thermomechanics of thermoelastic solids based on the notion of multiple natural states and the use of adiabatic processes is presented. Using a statement of the second law attributed to Kelvin for certain special cycles, the work done in adiabatic cycles of deformation is shown to be non-positive. With these and other assumptions on the nature of thermoelastic solids, the existence of an entropy function and the absolute temperature scale is demonstrated.

author list (cited authors)

  • Rajagopal, K. R., & Srinivasa, A. R.

publication date

  • December 1999