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Journal of Thermodynamics
Volume 2015, Article ID 639572, 13 pages
Research Article

Gibbs Thermodynamics of the Renninger-Wilemski Problem

Faculty of Physics, Saint Petersburg University, Kamennoostrovskiy Prospekt 54/31, Office 60, Saint Petersburg 197022, Russia

Received 5 August 2014; Accepted 2 January 2015

Academic Editor: Y. Peles

Copyright © 2015 Victor Kurasov. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Renninger-Wilemski problem in nucleation is analyzed. The Gibbs dividing surfaces method with external parameters is used to enrich the initial model. It is shown that both the traditional (Doyle) model and the Renninger-Wilemski model are not complete ones and, namely, the Gibbs dividing surface approach can solve this problem. It is shown that the application of the Gibbs approach also requires some model constructions. The simplified Gibbs model is proposed. It is shown that the simplified Gibbs model gives for the height of activation barrier the same numerical results as the Renninger-Wilemski model.