- I have been exploring nonequilibrium thermodynamics which is best seen in biological systems. I was wondering if it is possible to limit entropy production in these systems using a Carnot engine. If so, how would this engine operate?
Biological systems act as dissipative structures and obey the universal laws of thermodynamics in spite of being open structures as they follow non-equilibrium thermodynamics. In accordance with the second law, entropy generation occurs. Is it possible to limit the entropy generation in a biological system using an engine? A Carnot engine, for example, is supposed to make the entropy level constant. How would this engine operate if it could at all?