Dissipative system

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(Mech.) an assumed system of matter and motions in which forces of friction and resistances of other kinds are introduced without regard to the heat or other molecular actions which they generate; - opposed to conservative system.

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Early forms of such organization can be found in the astonishing ability of dissipative structures such as Benard cells to maintain extremely improbable configurations under far from equilibrium conditions.
Modern Thermodynamics: From Heat Engines to Dissipative Structures, 2nd Edition
The implicit goal of this increased adaptability is to achieve a stability of sorts within the corporation, which is akin to the stability present in dissipative structures.
It has been established that in case of dynamic unbalanced processes the interaction between structural elements of materials with electromagnetic, ultrasound, force and other energetic fields stimulates self-organized processes with the formation of new spatial-temporal dissipative structures that cause a significant modification of the initial mechanical properties of materials [1].
Primarily resting the argument upon an extension of the theory of thermodynamics beyond the physical to the economic realm, Roels posits firms as dissipative structures that work against entropy, with information being the key factor that drives evolution against entropy.
Fritjof Capra [2] in his scintillating and brilliant synthesis of such scientific breakthroughs as the "Theory of Dissipative structures", "Theory of Complexity", "GAIA theory", "Chaos Theory" in his much acclaimed "The Web of life" elucidates dissipative structures as the new paradigm in ecology.
8) In Foster's view, dissipative structures such as firms cannot enter new niches or escape the stationary states to which they tend through optimization exercises alone.
This concerns more particularly the complexity of dynamic wave phenomena involving structured or non-structured wave fronts, solitary waves, and dissipative structures.
Photo-induced processes of self-organization in the colloidal substrate lead to generation of dissipative structures, isomorphic to the cellular structure of a hematological prototype M.
Entities for which 'work' is a sensible concept are all dissipative structures, and their work is subject to the energy efficiency constraint as just stated.
Much of the work can be traced to Ilya Prigogine and colleagues (1980; 1984), whose research revolved around dissipative structures and hierarchy in ecosystems (Allen and Starr 1982).