Research in Engineering and Aviation
Variational Multi-ﬂuid Dynamics and Causal Heat Conductivity
Author(s): N. Andersson, and G. L. Comer
We discuss heat conductivity from the point of view of a variational multi-fluid model, treating entropy as a dynamical entity. We demonstrate that a two-fluid model with a massive fluid component and a massless entropy can reproduce a number of key results from extended irreversible thermodynamics. In particular, we show that the entropy entrainment is intimately linked to the thermal-relaxation time that is required to make heat propagation in solids causal. We also discuss non-local terms that arise naturally in a dissipative multi-fluid model, and relate these terms to those of phonon hydrodynamics. Finally, we formulate a complete heat-conducting two-component model and discuss briefly the new dissipative terms that arise.