In science, a dissipative system refers to a thermodynamic system that is “dissipative” in that usable energy is converted into non-recoverable forms of work. [1] The term, in large part, is an etymological evolution of Belgian thermodynamicist Ilya Prigogine’s 1967 theory of “dissipative structures”, a nonequilibrium thermodynamics type of theory which itself modeled on the spontaneous formations of the heat-transfer driven Bénard cells “structures”.

References
1. Harris, John W., Benenson, Walter, Stocker, Horst, and Lutz, Holger. (2002). Handbook of Physics. (section: dissipative systems, pgs. 219-21). Springer.

External links
‚óŹ Dissipative system – Wikipedia.

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